Chris Brown has been prevented from leaving the Philippines after the country’s Department of Justice ordered his private jet to be barred from take-off as he was about to leave for Hong Kong on Wednesday, according to a report by CNN.

The 26 year old Grammy-winning star, who performed a sold-out show in the country’s capital of Manila on Tuesday evening (July 21st), was subjected to the order because of allegations of fraud against him and his promoter. It reportedly concerns a cancelled concert in the country last New Year’s Eve. He was prevented from departing pending clearance by the Bureau of Immigration.

Chris BrownChris Brown has been prevented from leaving the Philippines at the behest of the Department of Justice

Brown cancelled a 31st December 2014 gig at the country’s 55,000-capacity Philippine Arena just one day before the scheduled event, saying that he had lost his passport. The religious group that owns the arena has, on legal advice, petitioned the country’s Department of Justice to help them prosecute a criminal case of fraud that they have lodged against Brown and his promoter, John Michael Pio Roda.

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Elaine Tan, of the country’s Bureau of Immigration, is quoted as saying that the agency put Brown on their “lookout bulletin” at the behest of the DoJ. Brown and his team hope to get around this by petitioning for a clearance certificate, which would allow them to leave the Southeast Asian country if the DoJ had no objections.

Tan implied that the Department of Justice itself would be doing the same thing, and that being placed on the lookout bulletin was not by itself an automatic bar on departure. It would “take prudent steps to verify on the status of the criminal case against the subjects. If the concerned agency raises no objection to the departure, then we will allow the subject to leave.”

Religious group Iglesia ni Cristo, and the company Maligaya Development Corporation which manages the Philippine Arena on its behalf, apparently said in the petition to the DoJ that they had paid for the services of Brown and its promoter for the NYE show, who now owed them money after failing to turn up and perform.

Brown's current tour takes in Hong Kong and Indonesia, both of which are now in jeopardy if Brown is unable to leave the Philippines.

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