ORILLIA, Ont. - Call it a case of social media confusion.
Comedian Russell Brand used Twitter to let fans know a show in Orillia, Ont, scheduled for Saturday night had been postponed.
In a series of cryptic tweets, Brand told fans that his show was postponed because he was not allowed to enter Canada.
But Casino Rama, the venue operator, tweeted back to let fans know he wasn't turned away at the border.
Instead, Casino-Rama says there was a technical issue with his plane and he never left California.
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Brand apparently wanted customs officials to allow a plane to land in Orillia, where there is no international airport.
"HELP! I'm gonna be late for Casino Rama show unless someone can force Canadian customs officials to let us land in Orillia!" he wrote Saturday afternoon.
Then: "Let me in! I must perform at Casino Rama, Orillia tonight at 9 for 5000 Canadians."
Later, the comedian known for his self-aggrandizing rock star persona and run-ins with the law, confirmed that his show would have to be postponed.
"Tonight's Casino Rama show postponed. I'm sorry. I can't enter Canada. We must abolish the borders between our nations AND our minds," he said.
But a spokesperson from Casino Rama retorted during the Twitter exchange that Brand had not been held up by border officials, rather a technical issue with his plane was to blame.
"OK all, let's be clear @rustyrockets is still in Cali, he never left, he has no immigration or border issue, it was a tech issue with plane!" it said.
Brand, using the Twitter name rustyrockets, did not respond to clarify what he meant.
Casino Rama issued a news release Saturday stating that the show was officially postponed due to a "travel issue."
Jenna Hunter, spokeswoman for Casino Rama, said she didn't know why Brand was "spinning" the issue as a problem at the border.
“They had technical issues with their plane in California and he wasn’t able to get another plane and get here in time," she said in an interview.
"I think what he’s saying is there is no international airport up here...and therefore you can’t clear customs in Orillia.”
”I think he’s trying to be witty about the whole thing, but it really was just a plane issue, it wasn’t a customs issue at all."
A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews also said Brand was not denied entry into Canada.
The story has drawn the attention of international media, including the online gossip site TMZ.com and Britain's Daily Mail and BBC.
It comes months after the comedian was deported from Japan, where he had flown to watch his wife Katy Perry in concert. Brand was deported because of a decade-old criminal record.