Chris Brown Cancels Australia, New Zealand Tour Over Visa Issues
Chris Brown won’t be performing in Australia anytime soon. The singer canceled his December tour there and in New Zealand, three months after the Australian government it planned to deny him a visa due to his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown’s One Hell of a Night tour was scheduled to swing through Australia from December 8-16, with stops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, in addition to a December 18 show in Auckland, New Zealand. It’s unclear whether Australia flat-out denied the visa or if Brown himself decided not push for it.
Officially, a spokeswoman for the Australian Immigration Minister declined to comment on Brown’s visa application, citing privacy issues. And a spokesperson for Immigration New Zealand acknowledged Brown voluntarily withdrew his visa application. The One Hell of a Night tour’s promoter said Brown remains “positive that the tour will take place in the near future… Mr. Brown wishes to extend his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support.”
As Gossip Cop reported, Australia’s Immigration Department released a statement last September stating they issued him a “notice of intent to refusal,” due to his assault charge of Rihanna. The department gave him 28 days to provide evidence as to why he should be allowed into the country, which he responded to by arguing that “mistakes don’t define you.” Brown also indicated that while in Australia he would raise awareness about domestic violence, but some government officials still felt that wasn’t enough.
“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,'” said Michaelia Cash, Australia’s Minister For Women. Great Britain and Canada have also previously denied entry to Brown because of his criminal record. He was forced to cancel scheduled tours in those countries as a result.
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