Brown is forced to cancel upcoming tour due to domestic violence conviction against former girlfriend Rihanna
Chris Brown has been forced to cancel his upcoming One Hell Of A Nite Australia and New Zealand tour after being denied an entry Visa.
The refusal to let the 26-year-old into Australia stems from his domestic violence conviction against former girlfriend Rihanna
Ticketek Australia released a statement on Wednesday confirming the cancellation, stating: ‘Chris Brown’s December 2015 tour in both Australia and New Zealand will not take place’.
No deal: Chris Brown has been forced to cancel his upcoming One Hell Of A Nite Australia and New Zealand tour after he being denied an entry Visa
‘Mr Brown and the promoters both remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future,’ it read.
‘He wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future.’
The ticket sales company added they would be refunding all fans who purchased tickets to the shows.
The cause: The refusal to let the 26-year-old into Australia stems from his domestic violence conviction against former girlfriend Rihanna
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Brown has yet to take to social media to announce the sudden cancellation, but continues to promote his latest single across Twitter and Instagram.
The performances which have been cut from the roster include ‘Perth Arena on 9 December, Rod Laver Arena on 12 December, Allphones Arena on 14 December and Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 16 December.
In September the controversial singer took to Twitter to address the issue for the first time after it became publicly known that he had struggled to be approved entry.
‘I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence,’ he wrote to his 15.2 million followers at the time.
Official: Ticketek Australia released a statement on Wednesday confirming the cancellation, stating: ‘Chris Brown’s December 2015 tour in both Australia and New Zealand will not take place’
‘I’m not the pink elephant in the room anymore. My life mistakes should be a wake-up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don’t define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse’.
He went on to add: ‘The youth don’t listen to parents nor do they listen to PSA’s [public service announcements]. The power that we have as Entertainers can change lives.’
Despite the visa woes, Ticketmaster resumed selling seats for Brown’s tour, with tickets ranging from $201 to $598.
Days earlier Brown was informed that he would have 28 days to appeal the decision which is based on his 2009 conviction of assault and threatening to kill his former girlfriend Rihanna. .
Australia’s minister for immigration Peter Dutton, confirmed in September that the singer was issued with a Notice Of Intention To Consider Refusal, a spokesperson stating: ‘People to whom these notices are issued have 28 days to present material as to why they should be given a visa to enter Australia.’
Coming forward: In September the controversial singer took to Twitter to address the issue for the first time after it became publicly known that he had struggled to be approved entry
‘Decisions on whether a visa will or will not be issued are made after that time frame and consideration of the material presented to the Department Of Immigration And Border Protection.’
Activist group GetUp, which has endorsed the ban on Brown entering Australia, said the move sent a strong signal that the government is willing to condemn violence against women.
‘Australia is at a crisis point with men’s violence against women,’ GetUp campaigner Sally Rugg said.
Speaking to the media about his new $41 million domestic violence package two months ago, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull found himself being questioned about Brown’s tour appearances Down Under.
His feelings were quite clear about the singer when he said: ‘This is a government that is not afraid to say no’.
Source: Daily Mail