Chris Brown outrages neighbours by painting goblins on his house | Music | guardian.co.uk
Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association, told the LA Times: "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." LA City Code officials have already responded to complaints, ordering Brown to remove the paintings and fining him $376 (£244) for "unpermitted and excessive signage". The figure could rise if he does not comply within 30 days. "I know a $300 fine is probably pocket change," Ms Negri added. "But hopefully and maybe, he'll just see the light and decide to be a good neighbour. We're happy to have him – if he just tones it down." But it looks unlikely that her wishes will be heeded. Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos has already hit back at the actions of what he calls "busybodies", saying the neighbours are waging a campaign of continual harassment against the singer. He said: "I'm scared of neighbourhood busybodies like this. They've called animal control. They have sicced parking [enforcement] on him, and now they reached the heights of ridiculousness here. Shame on them."
So the children are frightened of these paintings? Really? They must be living sheltered lives, given the state of popular culture in the US these days.