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Russell Brand: Japan Deported Him for Criminal Record

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on May 24, 2011 6:44 AM

Maybe he'll be able to laugh about this in a few years - or use it in his stand-up act. British comedian Russell Brand was recently deported from Japan, according to his wife Katy Perry's Twitter account. He was visiting the country for Perry's Japan concert when the immigration incident went down.

The reason for the deportation? Allegedly, a 10-year-old criminal case, reports the Examiner.

Brand is no stranger to scrapes with the law. He has been arrested multiple times in the past, the last one for allegedly attacking a paparazzi at the Los Angeles airport, reports Reuters.

However, despite the awkwardness that must have accompanied getting snatched up by Japanese police, Brand seems to be handling the situation with some humor.

Brand tweeted several times during his stint in the big house, reports CBS News:

"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."

For wife Katy Perry? She tweeted that the show in Japan would go on, reports Reuters.

While Brand's deportation is the result of a prior criminal record, deportation can also occur due to the violation of immigration laws. Deportation laws also vary from country to country.

In the United States, any alien can be deported if they violate certain rules. However, the deportation progress usually takes a bit of time. In the U.S., before an alien is deported, they must appear at immigration court after they are served by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Russell Brand deported from Japan might have put a damper on his wife's concert. However, Katy Perry's Japan concerts are still scheduled for this week and next.

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