Brand banned in South Africa

Russell Brand

Russell Brand has been refused entry to South Africa.

The provocative comedian is touring the world performing his latest stand-up show, Messiah Complex.

Russell revealed on Twitter Friday morning he had to cancel his sold-out shows in Johannesburg upon learning he’s been banned from the country.

“Tonight’s J-burg show cancelled. SA authorities REFUSE TO LET ME INTO YOUR COUNTRY. Trying to resolve it,” he tweeted, later adding a picture of himself at the airport.

“Banned from South Africa. Here ready to go. Refused entry. Hope I can come soon #MessiahComplex,” he continued.

Some of the comedian’s seven million followers logged on to express their disappointment. Russell responded, but didn’t reveal the reason why he wasn’t allowed to enter.

“Got to the airport, refused to let me board,” he tweeted.

Russell was scheduled to play four shows at MonteCasino’s The Teatro in Johannesburg through November 18. The Get Him to the Greek star also booked two nights at the Cape Town Artscape Opera House on November 19 and 20.

He is next scheduled to play in Istanbul on November 23, before taking his tour to the UK and across Europe.

Russell was previously prohibited from entering the Unites States in 2008 and in 2011 he was denied entry in Canada. He was also deported from Japan while visiting then-wife, Katy Perry.

UK website Chortle reports Russell has been arrested a total of 12 times. The most recent incident was in March 2012, when he was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property after allegedly snatching a photographer’s phone and throwing it through a window while filming in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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