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Fallout over Chris Brown's latest legal mishap appears to have affected his touring schedule.
The "Run It" singer has officially pulled out of a series of concerts across Canada, three days after a Los Angeles judge ordered him to perform an additional 1,000 hours of community labor stemming from an alleged hit-and-run accident he was involved in back in June.
"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," said Drop Entertainment Group owner Stephen Tobin, the promoter for the gigs. "In the absence of a festival headliner, we cannot proceed. We will start planning immediately for next year's events and the Energy/Summer Rush series will be back in 2014, bigger and better than ever."
Brown was all set to headline the Energy Rush Festival, which would have seen him play shows in four Canadian cities Aug. 29 through Sept. 1—Toronto, Halifax, Saint John and Winnipeg.
But apparently due to the 24-year-old R&B star's latest run-in with the law, his recent seizure, as well as several sponsors canceling their support after objecting to his participation due to the singer's past—most notably his 2009 conviction for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna—the promoter had no choice but to postpone the concert series.
Brown's publicist, Nicole Perna, said in a statement that the hitmaker feels badly about having to disappoint his Canadian fans, but the cancellation will enable him to get back to doing what he does best: making music.
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"Chris appreciates the support of his many thousands of fans north of the border," said the rep. "He is going to use this time to focus on himself and on the release of his upcoming album. Chris looks forward to performing in Canada very soon."
Brown's decision to take a breather from performing comes at a stressful time.
Not only did he suffer a seizure ten days ago, but the Grammy winner turned up in a Los Angeles court on Friday where a hit-and-run charge against him was dismissed and a judge reinstated his probation after it was rescinded at the behest of prosecutors.