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Chris Brown blocked from entering Australia

The Australian government issues US R&B singer Chris Brown with a notice of intent to refuse him a visa because of his domestic violence history. Courtesy ABC News24.


The Australian government might have taken a strong line by refusing a visa to R&B performer Chris Brown because of his domestic violence record, but tickets for his shows still went on sale Monday at noon, leaving fans in a state of confusion about the four-date tour.

Brown has 28 days to present his case for entering Australia and seemingly the tour promoters are optimistic his visit will go ahead. 

Chris Brown pictured leaving court in 2009 for assault charges against his former girlfriend Rihanna.

Chris Brown pictured leaving court in 2009 for assault charges against his former girlfriend Rihanna. Photo: Getty

In a statement posted on the Ticketek.com.au page for the shows, Brown’s management said “his continued personal growth” would hopefully influence the visa decision and that Brown had already visited Australia twice since 2009, when the incident in which he assaulted Rihanna occurred. 


“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.”

Ticketek.com.au launched sales for the dates across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth Monday lunchtime, although it says shows have not been confirmed. Tickets for the Sydney concert at Allphones Arena on December 14 range from $100.93 to $508.73 for a “VIP” meet-and-greet package. 

Fans have made appeals to the government to let Brown into the country, with a change.org petition gathering more than 3200 supporters. 

Brown attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 and was sentenced to five years probation, but his supporters claim that he is now a changed character and deserves a second chance. 

Tickets to Brown’s New Zealand show in Auckland on December 18 went on sale on Monday morning. Ticketmaster.co.nz said it had no updates on Brown’s visa application but would refund tickets in the event the show does not go ahead.

New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said Brown would need a “special direction” waiver to enter the country. 

On Monday, Immigration New Zealand confirmed Brown had yet to submit an application.

– with Stuff.co.nz



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