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
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.
The Bureau of Immigration said Brown and his promoter John Michael Pio Roda were both subject to an immigration lookout bulletin, but they could seek a clearance certificate that could allow them to leave if the Department of Justice consented.
The singer appeared to make light of the situation in a video posted early Thursday local time to his official Instagram account with the caption “Clowning.”
“When I go through customs, I’m gonna be just like this, ‘Sir, I didn’t do nothing,’” Brown says before dropping to the floor and performing a series of comical dance moves.
It’s not the first time that the chart-topping star has run into trouble with authorities.
A few months after Billboard named him Artist of the Year, Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna – another popular singer – inside a rented Lamborghini on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February 2009. He pleaded guilty that June to one felony assault count, after which he was put on probation for five years, ordered to serve 180 days of labor-oriented service and made to take a yearlong domestic violence class.
He made a public apology but didn’t stay out of trouble. In 2012, he had an altercation with rapper Drake at a New York club. The next year, a woman accused Brown of shoving her at a club in Anaheim, California, bringing an assault and battery claim; he was accused of committing a hit-and-run in Los Angeles; and he was accused of felony assault after an incident outside a W Hotel in Washington.
Those incidents added up, along with a positive marijuana test and prosecutors’ claim that Brown didn’t finish his court-mandated community labor. He entered rehab in 2013 to “gain insight into his past and recent behavior,” his representative said, only to get kicked out of the facility for smashing his mother’s car window during a family session, according to his probation officer.
Brown entered another rehab facility, only to leave in 2014. He was then taken into custody by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies after a judge revoked his probation. He was released from jail in June 2014.
Last week, the artist was the apparent victim of crime after armed intruders burst into his Southern California home and locked his aunt in a closet, according to police.
Journalist Arlene Espiritu reported from Manila and Merieme Arif from Atlanta, while Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. CNN’s Jethro Mullen and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.