Chris Brown Stopped From Leaving Philippines, Accused Of Fraud Over Canceled New Year’s Eve Concert
Chris Brown was stopped from leaving the Philippines on Wednesday over a contract dispute.
Brown was in the country to perform at a concert on Tuesday. He went to the airport in Manila on Wednesday morning to travel to Hong Kong for his next show, but was barred from getting on his private flight. The Philippine Department of Justice had issued an order forbidding Brown from leaving the country.
The ruling was made in response to a New Year’s Eve concert Brown was supposed to play at the Philippine Arena last December, before canceling at the last minute. As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Brown reportedly lost his passport and therefore couldn’t travel for the event. Local promoters have been demanding he pay back money he was paid in advance for the gig.
Iglesia ni Cristo, a religious group, and their Maligaya Development Corporation, which manages the venue, contacted the Justice Department on Tuesday after Brown arrived, seeking help with a fraud complaint. The Department of Justice then had the Bureau of Immigration issue an immigration lookout bulletin for Brown, which has now led to his delayed flight. For Brown to now be permitted to leave, he would have to receive a clearance certificate from the Department of Justice, after an investigation as to whether any criminal prosecution is needed.
Brown has not mentioned the incident on social media, but post on Instagram after Tuesday’s show, “Still got it. Thank you Manila for allowing me to come and perform!” Gossip Cop reached out to a rep for comment, but did not immediately hear back. We’ll have updates.
UPDATE: Chris Brown tweeted shortly before 10 a.m. Eastern Time, “Don’t believe everything you read. It’s a misunderstanding between Phil Casey and the promoters. Hopefully this will be resolved shortly.” Casey is an agent and concert booker.
SECOND UPDATE: A rep for Chris Brown tells Gossip Cop that he is now free to go, saying, “It was a misunderstanding that has since been cleared up. Chris leaves tomorrow for Hong Kong to continue his planned performances.” Brown was originally slated to perform in Hong Kong on Wednesday, but his spokesperson tells Gossip Cop the show has been rescheduled for Thursday.