Let me go, Brown begs Manila

An influential sect in the Philippines is claiming that hip-hop star Chris Brown owes it a million- dollar-plus for skipping a concert last year.
An influential sect in the Philippines is claiming that hip-hop star Chris Brown owes it a million- dollar-plus for skipping a concert last year.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA •In a desperate appeal punctuated with a backflip, stranded Grammy-winning American hip-hop star Chris Brown got down on his knees yesterday begging to be allowed to leave the Philippines and resume his world tour.

The 26-year-old has been stuck here for two days after a politically influential sect filed a fraud complaint, saying it is owed a million- dollar-plus refund after the singer skipped a concert last year.

"Please, please, let us leave, please," Brown said in a video posted on his official Instagram account, showing him on his knees inside what appeared to be his hotel room. The post was later taken down.

He ended the plea with his signature backflip. He also appeared to send a thinly veiled distress signal to American President Barack Obama as he captioned the post: "OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!"

He said on Twitter: "I came back to Manila to do a make-up show for New Year's. I did the show three days ago."

The justice department on Wednesday barred him from leaving unless he produces a government document certifying he has no legal obligations in the country.

Brown is scheduled to perform in Israel and Cyprus next week before returning to the United States for more concert dates, according to his website.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2015, with the headline 'Let me go, Brown begs Manila'. Print Edition | Subscribe