Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Russell Brand continued his surprisingly long history of immigration problems when he tried unsuccessfully to check-in to a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday.
"Banned from South Africa. Here ready to go. Refused entry. Hope I can come soon," the 38-year-old comedian tweeted.
Brand was scheduled to perform four shows on his Messiah Complex tour in the country. In a series of tweets, the Brit said he'd arrived at the airport in the hope that his visa problems had been solved.
Tonight's J-burg show cancelled. SA authorities REFUSE TO LET ME INTO YOUR COUNTRY. Trying to resolve it. #MessiahComplex— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) November 15, 2013
His rep said later that Brand's passport was simply two full -- he needed to blank pages to access the country. apologized for the tour cancelations.
South Africa! I'm allowed in! AUTHORITY YIELDED TO YOUR PEOPLE POWER! I'll be on stage tomorrow night in J-Burg #MessiahComplex— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) November 15, 2013
"We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to Russell Brand’s fans and thank them for their continued support. We are hoping to reschedule the dates for mid 2014".
Brand missed his scheduled appearance on Dave Letterman's show back in 2010 after JFK airport authorities held him for hours. In 2011, he was deported from Japan after authorities discovered his arrest record.
[Entertainment Weekly, E! News]