Chris Brown denied Australian visa due to history of domestic violence
Chris Brown's upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour has been officially been called off after the immigration authorities in Australia rejected a visa grant to the singer. The promoters of Brown's five-day tour issued a statement confirming about the cancelation, "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."
The peril of Brown's Australian tour had been there since September, when immigration officials told the singer that they had prepared to issue a "notice of intention to consider refusal" which originated from Brown's assault on Rihanna in 2009. Although Australia allowed Brown to bring his F.A.M.E. Tour to the country in April 2011, Australian feminist groups, alongside former Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash, called his visa status into question prior to the December 2015 dates.
"People need to understand if you are going to commit domestic violence and then you want to travel around the world, there are going to be countries that say to you: 'You cannot come in because you are not of the character we expect in Australia,'" Cash, Australia's Minister for Women, told news recently.
When it was announced that Australian immigration officials were evaluating Brown's visa, the singer's representative released a statement saying that Brown had "faith that a decision will be made with the full consideration of his continued personal growth, ongoing philanthropic endeavors and desire to perform for his fans." Brown's New Zealand visa was also under evaluation, but after Australia denied his entry, Brown withdrew his New Zealand application before immigration officials could made a decision on his status.