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Chris Brown's Philippines departure delayed over fraud allegation

Published 22/07/2015

Chris Brown's departure from Manila has been delayed because of a fraud complaint against him (AP)
Chris Brown's departure from Manila has been delayed because of a fraud complaint against him (AP)

Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown's departure from the Philippines has been delayed because of fraud allegations linked to a cancelled concert last New Year's Eve.

The artist, who performed at a packed concert in the capital Manila last night, was prevented from leaving on a private plane today pending clearance by the country's Bureau of Immigration.

The religious group that owns the New Year's Eve concert venue had petitioned the Department of Justice for help prosecuting Brown and his promoter.

Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Elaine Tan said Brown and his promoter, John Michael Pio Roda, were placed on the bureau's "lookout bulletin" on the instruction of the Department of Justice.

Ms Tan said a lookout bulletin is not on its own a bar to departure, unlike a hold departure order.

She said the bulletin directs the bureau to "take prudent steps to verify on the status of the criminal case against the subjects".

She added: "If the concerned agency raises no objection to the departure, then we will allow the subject to leave."

Brown cancelled a New Year's Eve concert at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena at the last minute, reportedly because he lost his passport the day before the scheduled event.

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