No joke could get Russell Brand out of this mess. While joining wife [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katy Perry [/lastfm]on her World Tour in Asia, Brand was detained by Japanese authorities on Sunday after it was learned of his past arrest record which consists of drug offenses and public indecency. Though the offenses happened more than 10 years ago, and Russell Brand has reformed himself, his past clashes with Japan’s anti drug laws forcing them to deport Brand out of the country. Both Perry and Brand took to Twitter to talk of the incident. “So my husband just got deported from Japan. I am so sad,” Katy posted on Twitter early Sunday morning. “I brought him all this way to show him my favorite place.”
Brand took the opportunity to make fun of the situation, “Planning escape from Japanese custody,” he tweeted. “It’s bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick.”
Brand joins the ranks of Legendary rock band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rolling Stones [/lastfm] who struggled for years to gain entry to Japan, whose immigration laws strictly prohibit individuals with drug convictions coming into the island nation. However, exceptions are occasionally made, and the Rolling Stones were eventually allowed in despite drug convictions among the band’s members.
Former [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beatles[/lastfm] member [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul McCartney [/lastfm]was arrested in January 1980 for marijuana possession at Narita airport. A planned concert tour by his rock group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wings[/lastfm] was canceled.