February 24, 2015 / 11:39 PM / 3 years ago

Chris Brown's Canada concerts canceled after singer denied entry

(Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown, whose California probation stemming from a 2009 plea to assaulting singer Rihanna was revoked last month, said on Tuesday he was denied entry into Canada for concerts in Montreal and Toronto.

Singer Chris Brown arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Concert promoter Live Nation said “due to immigration issues” Brown’s Tuesday show in Montreal with R&B artist Trey Songz and rapper Tyga was canceled as well as their Wednesday performance in Toronto.

“The good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t allow me entry,” Brown, 25, wrote on Twitter.

It is unclear where and when Brown, whose probation was revoked by a judge last month for leaving Los Angeles County without court permission, was denied entry into Canada. He has a court date on March 20 and could face jail time.

Messages left with Canada’s Border Services Agency were not immediately returned, and Brown’s publicist and attorney did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

It is not uncommon for performers with legal troubles to be denied entry to foreign countries. Brown postponed a British tour in 2010 after he was denied a visa.

The “Turn Up the Music” singer has been on probation since 2009 following his guilty plea to assaulting Rihanna, who was his girlfriend at the time. He was jailed for 2-1/2 months last year for violating the terms of his probation.

In 2013, a four-concert festival in Canada that Brown was set to headline was canceled due to the singer’s health concerns. Prominent sponsors had also pulled out of one of the festival dates because of Brown’s inclusion.

Reporting by Julie Gordon in Vancouver and Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Cynthia Osterman

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