Chris Brown has been denied entry to Canada to perform two sold-out shows, which were set to occur Tuesday and Wednesday night. The locations of said shows were Montreal, Quebec & and Toronto, Ontario.
Just hours before the show, Brown and his crew attempted to seek entry into the country in order to engage in said appearance, but CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency) were quick to block Brown from gaining access into the country. Their reason for Brown’s denial lays with the fact that, in Canada, the law dictates that an individual may very well be not allowed entry if it is discovered that they have been convicted of a crime outside of the country, especially when it concerns more major incidents such as assault. The way that this circumstance is handled is that CBSA officer’s take the crime that the individual has been convicted of and equate it to the same instance located in the Canadian Criminal Code, and make a decision from there regarding if the person is what is known as “criminally inadmissible”.
The reason that the CBSA made the decision to not allow Brown into the country lies with the fact that he was convicted of brutally assaulting Barbados pop star Rihanna back in 2009, after the two got into an altercation in his vehicle supposedly surrounding Brown’s explicit text message contact with another woman (the two were engaged in a serious relationship at the time of the incident). Rihanna suffered an extreme amount of physical damage as a result of Brown’s beating, and was awarded a restraining order against Brown for quite some time afterwards. Brown was subjected to an extremely large amount of community service for his crime, as well as being required to completely a hefty set of anger management classes to deal with his blatant temper issue.
Brown is not the first musician to be denied entry into Canada due to prior offenses. In April of 2011, fellow rapper The Game was informed he was not allowed to come into the country because of supposed gang affiliations. According to the 35-year-old himself, CBSA authorities detained him for a total of two weeks before allowing him to leave and re-enter the United States. This allegation, however, has not yet been proven to be true.
The Used, a popular American rock band, were forced to cancel all of their Canadian tour stops back in 2012, after lead singer Bert McCracken was denied entry due to a string of small offenses (such as trespassing) that he had been a part of more than a decade prior to the band attempting to seek allowance into the country. While it is usually the norm to let minor offenses slide following the 10-year-mark, CBSA officers felt that the list was far too extensive in order to cut the singer a break.
Chris Brown was not at all angry or upset with Canadian authorities for denying him entry to the country due to his 2009 assault of Rihanna. In fact, the rapper took to Twitter to express his hope that the matter would be able to be rectified by this coming summer, when he will again attempt to seek entry into Canada to perform concerts.
By Rebecca Grace