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Look at Chris Brown now. The controversial singer has kept a low profile over the past few months while prepping his new album, X, but his Los Angeles neighbors are taking issue with his choice of outdoor art.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Brown’s neighbors are upset with him for a series of murals on the walls outside his Hollywood Hills home. These people claim that the artwork, which depict brightly-colored, deformed monsters with sharp fangs, are both scaring young children in the area and are general eyesores in 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,” Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association, said. of the murals.

In response, Los Angeles city code officials have cited the pop star for unpermitted and excessive signage. The charge holds that he must remove the monsters within 30 days, lest he face fines that start at $376 but will rise until the art is gone.

Of course, this is not sitting well with Brown or his attorney, Mark Geragos. Geragos said he plans to fight the city over the citation, that city officials are “trying to suspend the 1st Amendment.” He said it’s Brown’s neighbors that are harassing his client, describing past complaints such as animal control and parking offenses that have been levied against Brown in the neighborhood.

Brown himself also took to his Twitter account over the weekend to respond to the scary graffiti claims.

Brown’s issues with his neighbors are the latest in an ongoing string of controversy surrounding the singer. Most recently, he was called for prosecution in Ghana after smoking what was purportedly marijuana onstage at a concert in the country, and threatened a Los Angeles valet over a $10 parking fee.

X, his sixth studio album, is set to release on July 16 through RCA Records. Lead single “Fine China” has peaked at No. 42 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and at No. 10 on the Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs chart.

-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com

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