Canada to Chris Brown: Um, No

Country bars him from entry
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2015 10:08 AM CST
In this Feb. 16, 2015, file photo, singer Chris Brown performs at the Barclays Center in New York.   (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Canada has rejected Chris Brown. The singer tweeted yesterday, "The good people of the Canadian government wouldn't allow me entry," the New York Daily News reports, though that tweet has since been deleted. Concert promoter Live Nation later announced that "due to immigration issues," Brown's concerts (last night in Montreal and tonight in Toronto) have been canceled, the AP reports. Canada Border Services wouldn't comment on Brown's case specifically, but a spokesman said immigration officials use several factors to decide whether to allow entry, and criminal activity is one of those factors. Brown, of course, spent almost three months in jail last year for violating his probation, which he was on after assaulting Rihanna in 2009.

The Canadian government says Brown can apply to enter the country at a later date, and in his tweet, Brown noted that he has plans to return this summer. Brown's criminal record has previously gotten him barred from the UK, a snafu that forced him to cancel four concerts. (What's going on between Brown and Kendall Jenner?)

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