Chris Brown appears to have backed down in his ongoing battle with his Los Angeles neighbours and local officials by removing controversial graffiti artworks from outside his house. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker sparked complaints from nearby residents over his outdoor murals, which depict colourful monsters on the walls of his property. In May (13), he was ordered to pay a $376 (£243) fine for unpermitted and excessive signage and given 30 days to remove the mural, but Brown remained defiant and lodged an appeal arguing the graffiti is art. The board of appeals at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety was set to rule on the battle, but pictures taken on Thursday (11Jul13) show workers scrubbing the paint off the wall. Brown will avoid a fine if inspectors are satisfied the graffiti has been removed, according to TMZ.com.