Chris Brown To Be Denied Entry To Australia

Chris Brown

The American singer Chris Brown has been told he is unlikely to be given a visa to perform in Australia because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna.
 
The immigration department issued Brown a "notice of intention to consider refusal," giving him 28 days to present evidence as to why he should be allowed to enter the country, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in a statement.
 
The notice comes just days after former Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash urged Dutton to refuse the 26-year-old American a visa on character grounds.
 
"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, who is now minister for women, told reporters last week.
 
The immigration department will decide whether to grant Brown a visa after the 28-day timeframe has expired.
Brown was expected to arrive in Australia in December for a tour of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Activists have been campaigning to ban the singer from the country because of his brutal attack on his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards. He pleaded guilty to felony assault and was freed from probation this year. He was jailed for almost three months in 2014 after violating his probation.
 
In a statement posted on ticket seller Ticketek's website, Brown's management said the star has experienced "continued personal growth" since 2009.
 
"Contrary to media reports, Chris Brown's request to enter Australia on tour has not been denied," the statement said.
"This request is currently being considered by the office of the Immigration Minister.
 
"We respect their right to review this request and have faith that a decision will be made with the full consideration of his continued personal growth, on-going philanthropic endeavours and desire to perform for his fans.
 
"Since 2009, Chris Brown has visited Australia on two separate occasions and is looking forward to returning in December."
 
Australia isn't the first country to consider rejecting Brown. Britain, Canada and New Zealand have also refused to give him visas.