Chris Brown cancels Australian tour: banned from entering country

December 2, 2015

Chris Brown’s upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand has been cancelled because Brown had his visa application rejected.

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Brown’s One Hell of A Night tour was targeted by Australia’s immigration minister, Peter Dutton, back in September — Dutton said that the government had denied Brown a visa to enter the country due to his previous domestic violence convictions. The R&B artist was convicted in 2009 of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. He had 28 days to appeal the decision to refuse a visa, but the ban was not lifted.

Brown’s tour promoters issued a statement on Tuesday (Dec 1), saying that while the tour has been cancelled, Brown remains’ “hopeful” to return to Australia “in the near future”.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. Brown was arrested early Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel near the White House. District of Columbia Police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf says 24-year-old Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault. Metcalf says 35-year-old Chris Hollosy also was arrested on felony assault charges after the incident.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The statement reads: “Mr Brown and the promoters both remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future. Mr Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Immigration New Zealand told Reuters that Brown had voluntarily withdrawn his application to enter the country.

“Immigration New Zealand can confirm that Chris Brown withdrew his application for a work visa to travel to New Zealand. No decision had been made on the application,” the spokesperson said.


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