Chris Brown Denied Entry Into Canada Hours Before Concert
Chris Brown was reportedly denied entry into Canada earlier today (Feb. 24) just a few hours before he was due to put on a sold-out concert. According to a report from TMZ, he reportedly tweeted fans to let them know why the show was canceled, writing, "The good people of the Canadian government wouldn't allow me entry. I'll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!" That tweet has since been deleted.
TMZ goes on to report that Chris was set to play two shows in Canada, one in Montreal tonight and another in Toronto tomorrow night (Feb. 25). According to Yahoo! a spokesperson for Chris named Nicole Perna confirmed that he had been denied entry into the country by Canadian immigration officials. The promoter of the show, Live Nation, reportedly also released a statement that cited "immigration issues" as the reason to why the shows were canceled and let fans know that full refunds would be available.
The specific reason as to why Chris was turned away from the country was not touched upon and has not been revealed, but under Canadian law a person may be denied entry if they have a criminal record. Chris was famously barred from entering the UK back in 2010 after he was denied a visa because of his criminal record. The Home Office said he "was refused permission on the grounds of being guilty of a serious criminal offense," which specifically referred to the time he physically assaulted his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
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