Chris Brown: 'I've done nothing wrong'
MANILA, Philippines – Chris Brown posted brief tweets about being stuck in the Philippines due to Maligaya Development Corporation's (MDC) fraud allegations Friday, July 24.
Brown was barred from leaving the Manila on July 22, due to a lookout bulletin order from the Department of Justice. He and promoter John Michael Pio Roda are being accused of alleged fraudulent acts by MDC, the company that manages the area where the Philippine Arena is located. Brown was supposed to have a concert there on December 31, 2014, but he canceled the show, claiming he lost his passport prior. According to the complaint affidavit, they were paid, but did not perform and failed to return the money. Brown's visit to the Philippines came at a total cost of about $1 million.
On Twitter, Brown said that he has nothing to do with the issue, and that his Manila concert on July 21, held at the Mall of Asia Arena, was to make up for the canceled New Year's Eve show.
I have nothing to do with anything going on right now. I came back to Manila to do a make up show for New Years. I did the show 3 days ago— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) July 24, 2015
This is a very serious situation and someone needs to be held accountable for mixing my name up in all this. I've done nothing wrong!!!— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) July 24, 2015
Brown has been in Manila for 4 days starting July 21, and was supposed to leave on July 22 for Hong Kong. Brown has been posting videos on Instagram of him in his hotel, claiming that he has done nothing wrong, and asking to be allowed to leave the country.
The justice department barred him from leaving unless he can produce a document certifying he has no legal obligations in the country.
The immigration bureau has said Brown has not applied for such a document, and the justice department on Thursday appointed a state prosecutor to prepare the filing of fraud charges against him.
Despite his ealier more playful social media posts, Brown's tone was more serious on Friday, July 24, as his failure to leave the Philippines might compromise the upcoming stops of his world tour.
Brown is scheduled to perform in Israel and Cyprus next week before returning to the US for more concert dates, according to his website.
Asked about Brown's case, US embassy spokesman Kurt Hoyer told AFP on Friday: "The embassy assists its citizens who are in need."
Philippine immigration officials as well as Brown's promoter and spokeswoman were unavailable for comment Friday. – with reports from AFP/Rappler.com