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Chris Brown, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter, is losing sponsors for the upcoming music festival that he is headlining in Canada, as his legal troubles recently resulted in his probation being revoked.
Brown is scheduled to perform at the Energy Rush concert in Halifax, Canada in August, but some people have created online petitions to keep that from happening.
"Chris Brown is as well known for his violent beating of his former girlfriend Rihanna," one petition written by a Halifax resident says, according to www.ctvnews.ca. "As a city, I believe it reflects poorly on us to not only host such an artist, but to make him the headliner of this show."
A total of four sponsors have pulled out of the concert because of Brown, according to CTV.
On Monday, Molson Canadian, Touch of Radiance spa, and the Centre for Arts and Technology-Halifax withdrew their sponsorship from the music festival after Rogers Communication's recent announcement to do the same.
Halifax Mayor, Mike Savage, has also spoken out about Brown performing in his Canadian city.
"It makes me kind of sick, to be honest with you, that someone like this will be performing in Halifax," Savage said, according to PerezHilton.com reports. "Those of us who are in public life – I'm in public life, he's in public life – you have to be responsible for your past actions, and I think it sends a very, very wrong message to everybody. I'm not keen on the city supporting this in any way."
Brown was placed on probation after physically assaulting ex-girlfriend and singer Rihanna in 2009. Now, a Los Angeles County district attorney had the singer's probation revoked after one woman claimed that he hit her car and attempted to flee the scene last May.
Just before the news of his probation being revoked was announced Monday, Brown took to Twitter to defend himself and call for prayer from over 12 million Twitter followers.
"Pray," Brown exclaimed to fans on Twitter Monday. "I did everything I was suppose to do during the so called hit n run, I provided the correct info. There were no injuries or damages. C'mon!! (SIC)"