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Chris Brown concert loses another sponsor

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Jul 15, 2013 | 11:24pm EDT

Controversial singer Chris Brown is facing further resistance over his upcoming concert in Canada as another sponsor has pulled its support for the gig. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is scheduled to headline the Energy Rush event in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 31 August (13) but the decision to include Brown on the bill has been met with negative reactions from the local community. Bosses at telecommunications firm Rogers Communications axed their support of the gig after Brown was announced as a headliner and now representatives from the Centre for Arts and Technology-Halifax have also announced their decision to withdraw funding. A statement on the educational facility's official Facebook.com page reads, "Due to the recent announcement of Chris Brown as Energy Rush’s featured artist, we have officially withdrawn our sponsorship from this event. When we became a sponsor of Energy Rush, we were not aware of who the featured artist was going to be at that time... We feel that pulling our sponsorship is the best option given the feature artist’s reputation. As an educational institution, we can’t ignore the sentiments expressed on campus that participating in this year’s event goes against our collective values." The decision was made public on Monday (15Jul13), the same day the singer's probation was revoked by a Los Angeles judge as he fights hit-and-run charges following a minor car accident in May (13). Brown's probation relates to his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. If found guilty of violating his probation, he faces up to four years in jail.

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