, MANILA, Philippines, Jul 24 – In a desperate appeal punctuated with a backflip, stranded Grammy-winning star Chris Brown got down on his knees Friday begging to be allowed to leave the Philippines and resume his world tour.
The 26-year-old American has been stuck in the Southeast Asian nation for two days after a politically influential sect filed a fraud complaint, saying it is owed a million-dollar-plus refund after he 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 US President Barack Obama as he captioned the post: “OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!”
In two subsequent Twitter posts Brown said: “This is a very serious situation and someone needs to be held accountable for mixing my name up in all this. I’ve done nothing wrong!!!”
He added: “I have nothing to do with anything going on right now. I came back to Manila to do a make-up show for New Years. I did the show three days ago.”
Brown performed to a packed crowd at a Manila arena on Tuesday.
But he failed to show up on December 31 last year for a concert sponsored by the Christian group Iglesia ni Cristo at its mammoth 55,000-seater indoor stadium on Manila’s outskirts.
He has reportedly said he lost his passport at the time so he could not travel.
The justice department barred him from leaving Wednesday unless he produces a government document certifying he has no legal obligations in the country.