Chris Brown Pulls Out of Michael Jackson Tribute, Denied Entry to U.K.

Chris Brown has been forced to back out of performing at the Michael Jackson tribute show after he was denied a work visa due to his criminal record.

The singer was scheduled to perform at the celebrity-studded event to honor the late King of Pop in Wales, but had to scrap those plans because he was barred from entering the country.

Brown wasn’t allowed into the country because of his assault conviction in 2009, when he attacked his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.

The Black Eyed Peas also had to drop out of the tribute show on Thursday due to “unavoidable circumstances”, and Gene Simmons was axed from the show after fans complained about previous comments the KISS rocker had made regarding Jackson’s child abuse allegations.

Some sources report that Chris Brown will be performing via video link but one insider stated, “It would put a negative slant on the day. The family wants to make sure the show is a fitting tribute to Michael.”

Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis are still expected to perform as planned.


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