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Singer Chris Brown begs to go home

In a desperate appeal, stranded Grammy-winning hip-hop star Chris Brown got down on his knees yesterday begging to be allowed to leave the Philippines and resume his world tour.

He had been stuck there 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, 26, said on his Instagram account, showing him on his knees inside a hotel room.

He ended the plea with his signature backflip.

Later yesterday evening, a relieved Brown was finally cleared to leave the country, an official said.

He secured an emigration clearance certificate stating he has no legal obligations in the Philippines and was free to leave, said immigration spokesman Elaine Tan.

In his official Twitter feed last night, an exuberant Brown is seen walking towards a plane.

"Manila it was fun, love y'all man," the rapper says as he prances along the tarmac, entourage in tow.

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Brown failed to show up last year for a concert sponsored by the Christian group Iglesia ni Cristo.

He and his promoter were paid more than US$1 million (S$1.4 million) by a production outfit identified with Iglesia.

The outfit demanded a refund, but both Brown and his promoter refused to pay.

Brown often makes headlines for things other than his music, particularly in 2009 when he was charged with assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna. The assault left her with a brusied and swollen face. Brown pled guilty to one felony assault count, after which he was put on five years' probation.- AFP.

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