Singer Chris Brown barred from leaving Philippines amid contract dispute

Updated 12:54 AM EDT, Thu July 23, 2015

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NEW: Brown posts Instagram video appearing to make light of the situation

He was stopped while preparing to leave a Manila airport on his way to Hong Kong for a concert, a news agency says

Promoters say he owes them money after he failed to appear for a New Year's Eve concert

(CNN) —  

Award-winning U.S. singer Chris Brown has been barred from leaving the Philippines because of a contract dispute, the official Philippines News Agency reported Wednesday.

Brown was stopped Wednesday morning while preparing to depart on a private jet from Manila’s international airport on his way to Hong Kong for a concert, the news agency said.

The Philippine Department of Justice said that an order had been issued Tuesday night to stop any attempts by Brown, 26, to leave the country.

Brown performed a concert that evening as planned, but the order was put in place to compel him to pay back money that promoters said was owed to them after he failed to appear for a previous appearance scheduled for last New Year’s Eve.

That concert was supposed to take place at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, north of Manila.