R&B singer Chris Brown can’t say “deuces” to the Philippines just yet.
The Grammy-winning artist was stranded in the Southeast Asian nation overnight Thursday, immigration officials said, after he was prevented from leaving the airport in Manila a day earlier.
Philippine authorities say they are investigating a fraud complaint laid on Chris Brown and his promoter, John Michael Pio Roda, lodged by Iglesia ni Cristo, or Church of Christ.
Reports hold that Brown, 26, failed to perform at a New Year’s Eve concert last year at one of its arenas — even after they say he was paid in full for a $1 million contract.
The religious group has asked the Department of Justice for help in prosecuting Brown, although no charges have been filed.
According to Immigration bureau spokes woman Elaine Tan, Brown was being delayed while immigration officials consulted with the Justice Department about the case. She added that Brown had not yet applied for the clearance required to leave the country.