The LA Times reports: R&B superstar, who is known for his artistic skills, painted strange-looking monsters along a retaining wall on his Hollywood Hills mansion. Now his neighbors claim the images are scaring local children, and is an eyesore to the community.
“There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they’re literally frightened. It’s like devils on the wall—big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we’re used to,” Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association.
L.A. city code officials responded to complaints about the paintings and fined the singer $376 for unpermitted and excessive signage. City ordinances prevent murals from being painted on most private properties. Chris has been ordered to remove the paintings within 30 days, but his attorney Mark Geragos is not giving in so easy.
“They are trying to suspend the First Amendment,” said Geragos, who claims that neighbors are harassing his client by also filing parking complaints and calling animal control on him.
After getting word of their complaints, Breezy fired back on Twitter. “Keep em inside then! It’s art. There are scarier creatures on Harry potter. Get a f***ing life!” he tweeted.
He has no plans to stop expressing his artistic side. “‘Lords of dogtown’ is how I live my life. #Free ima paint until my hands fall off.”
But his neighbors hope he will change his tune. “I know a $300 fine is probably pocket change. But hopefully and maybe, he’ll just see the light and decide to be a good neighbor,” said Negri. “We’re happy to have him—if he just tones it down.”