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Chris Brown leaves Philippines after wait due to legal issue

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    Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown boards a chartered jet at the old Manila Domestic Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Friday, July 24, 2015. Brown is preparing to leave the Philippines after a three-day delay due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert last New YearÕs Eve. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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MANILA >> Chris Brown left the Philippines late Friday after being stranded for three days due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert last New Year’s Eve.

He still had to sit through a three-hour delay at the airport and fly to Hong Kong instead of Macau.

The plane left at 9:04 p.m. local time en route to Hong Kong, civil aviation authority spokesman Eric Apolonio said.

The 26-year-old R&B artist performed at a packed concert in Manila on Tuesday, but he required an emigration clearance to leave the country because of the fraud complaint.

Brown was able late Friday to obtain the certificate that allows him to leave the country, said Elaine Tan, spokeswoman of the Immigration Bureau.

He and about 10 other people were seen walking to the private plane at an airport hangar. Before he boarded, he invited Filipinos to join him in a party in Macau.

"Manila, it was fun. I love y’all, man. If you can come to Macau, party tonight! Turn up," he said in a video posted on Instagram. A second posting advertised the Macau club appearance, but he has to fly to Hong Hong instead due to problems revising an earlier flight plan.

Apolonio explained that Brown’s original approved flight plan was to Hong Kong, and his group failed to revise that plan for unclear reasons.

Tan said the clearance was given after "verifying that Chris Brown has no other derogatory record apart from the (immigration lookout bulletin)" that was issued Wednesday.

Earlier Friday, Brown tweeted: "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.

He said he returned to Manila to do a show to make up for the canceled concert. The initial performance was to be at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena, operated by a corporation owned by the politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo religious group.

In its complaint, the Maligaya Development Corp. alleged Brown and promoter John Michael Pio Roda canceled after being paid in full for a $1 million contract.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Friday state prosecutors will summon Brown for a preliminary investigation into the complaint, but his presence at that stage of the criminal proceedings can be waived. Charges will be filed in court if prosecutors find probable cause to charge Brown and the promoter.

"What is important at this point is for him to know that there are criminal proceedings against him at the preliminary investigation level," De Lima told reporters.

The clearance from Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison was needed because of the fraud complaint.

In several postings on social media, Brown has addressed the travel delay, pleading in one on Instagram late Thursday night, "Please, please let me leave, please."

Some of the postings have been removed. The promoter Pio Roda could not be contacted to address the specifics of the complaint.

A canceled concert in Hong Kong this week has not yet been rescheduled.

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