LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (UNRESTRICTED POOL) - A four-concert festival in Canada has been canceled after its headliner, R&B singerChris Brown, had to pull out for personal and health reasons, the festival's promoter said on Monday (August 19).
"After ongoing conversation and consultation with this year's headline act Chris Brown, and in light of the performer's recent personal and health-related issues, a decision has been made to cancel all four scheduled performances," Drop Entertainment Group owner Stephen Tobin said in a statement about the Energy/Summer Rush Canadian concert series that was to run August 29 to Sept. 1. "In the absence of a festival headliner, we cannot proceed," said Tobin in the statement.
Brown, 24, is on probation in California for assaulting former girlfriend and fellow singer Rihanna in 2009, and has become a polarizing figure after the assault, which took place in Los Angeles on the eve of that year's Grammy awards.
Neither the promoter nor Brown's publicist elaborated on the issues behind the cancellation. But the publicist did confirm that the Grammy winner suffered a non-epileptic seizure on August 9 in Los Angeles.
The decision also comes after some sponsors, including Canadian telecom company Rogers Communications Inc. and Molson Coors Brewing Co., pulled their affiliation with the concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after Brown was named as a performer.
An online petition in Nova Scotia protesting Brown performing in Halifax gained more than 16,000 signatures and the city's mayor, Mike Savage, also spoke out against the "Turn Up the Music" singer playing there.
Last week, Brown agreed to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community labor in Los Angeles after his probation was temporarily revoked and he was accused of cutting corners on earlier community labor work.