British comedian Russell Brand was deported from Japan on Sunday. The issue arose over past convictions, said his pop star wife, Katy Perry. Brand was in Japan to support Perry on her concert tour of the country.
Russell Brand, the star of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Arthur” had entered the country as part of the tour entourage for the “I Kissed a Girl” hit-maker. However, it is alleged that he was held by immigration officials and then deported from Japan because he has a criminal recorded dating back over ten years.
Katy Perry was angry about the deportation. She Tweeted, “My husband got deported from Japan. I am so sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favorite place #tokyodreamscrushed.”
However, Perry vowed that “the show must go on” and that she still loves her Japanese fans.
Russell Brand has never hidden his past drug addiction, which have led to legal problems. He was also arrested last year (September 2010) for clashing with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.
He took his deportation from Japan with his trademark good but quirky humor.
“Planning escape from Japanese custody. It’s bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick. Stockholm syndrome kicking in. Just asked my guard out for (vegetarian) sushi. He giggled.”
Later, it appears that Brand was out of custody and perhaps back in the US where the couple live. He Tweeted,
“Alcatraz! Shawshank Redemption! And now this! Ah, sweet blue bird of freedom!”
The deportation for Brand and Perry must be a major disappointment. Japan holds a special meaning for them. While they were preparing their marriage last year, there were rumors that the wedding would be held in Tokyo; when it was revealed that they would marry in India, Rihanna publicly considered giving the pair a honeymoon in the Japanese capital.