Chris Brown refused entry to Canada ahead of Toronto and Montreal shows
Chris Brown abruptly canceled his Tuesday night concert in Montreal and another show in Toronto, after being turned away at the Canada-US border.
The 25-year-old R&B star said on Twitter he was refused entry at the border hours before taking the stage in Montreal.
“The good people in the Canadian government wouldn’t let me in. I’ll be back this summer and hope to see all my Canadian fans!” Brown tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
Brown was scheduled to perform at the Bell Center tonight and at the Air Canada Center in Toronto on Wednesday night. He said in his tweets that both shows were sold out.
Nicole Perna, spokesperson for Brown, confirmed that Canadian immigration officials refused her entry. Perna said Brown can request a return at a later date and plans to do so. Live Nation, the promoter, said in a statement that “due to immigration issues,” the shows have been canceled and refunds are available at point of purchase.
A strong police presence kept watch outside the Bell Center on Tuesday evening.
A group of discouraged fans told CBC News they had traveled from New York to see the show.
Another band had called and checked in at noon to make sure the gig was still going. They were told that was the case, and they said they left school early to make the trip fROM Blainville, a suburb of Montreal.
Imprisoned in 2014
Brown was jailed for nearly three months last year for breaking his probation by engaging in an altercation outside a Washington hotel the year before. He was on probation after attacking a pop singer Rihanna, his then girlfriend, before the 2009 Grammy Awards. He was also arrested for felony assault in Washington, DC, in 2013.
In 2010, the UK denied Brown entry to the country, forcing him to miss four shows. The UK government’s Home Office then said Brown had been refused a visa because of his criminal record.
Stéphane Eviléparty, a spokesperson for Canada Border Services, said the Privacy Act prevents him from commenting on an individual case, but said several factors are used to determine eligibility, including participation to criminal activities.