With a line up of Australian concerts scheduled in December, it seems like Chris Brown may have to cancel if he is unable to convince authorities that he should be granted entry into said country. Joining Canada and the United Kingdom, Australia has announced that there is a high probability that the R&B singer will not be able to perform at the Rod Laver Arena as part of his One Hell of a Nite tour.
Protests against the singer entering the country were sparked by the 2009 beating of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Brown had pleaded guilty and was convicted of felony assault and was sentenced to 1,400 hours’ of community labor. In 2014, Brown served three months in county jail after he was found guilty of violating his probation.
Although it’s been six years since the incident, the Australian public seems unwilling to let the 2009 beating go. Posters announcing Brown’s concert dates had to be taken down after they were defaced with red stickers stating, “I beat women.” An online petition started by activist group, Get Up, has managed to obtain almost 14,000 signatures in the hopes that the petition would convince the Immigration Minister to deny Brown entry into the country.
Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, announced that, “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 that we expect in Australia.'”
According to reports, Brown now has 28 days to present material to argue why he should get a visa. However, his chances of getting one are little to none. Set to perform in December as well, Chris Brown has already been denied a visa into New Zealand by the Immigration Minister as a result from his being barred from the UK on character grounds.
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