Australia appears set to join the list of countries that have refused to allow entry to the controversial American singer and rapper Chris Brown over his domestic violence record.
In 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna. He has toured Australia twice since, but the government is under pressure to refuse him this time, after the Australian govenment has launched a campaign to stop violence against women. The country’s statistics show that during the first ten months of 2015, 66 women have been killed by their partners in domestic violence incidents.
Australia’s immigration department has issued a “notice of intention to consider refusal”, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said. The singer was given 28 days to present a case as to why he should be granted a visa, after which a final decision will be made.
Chris Brown is scheduled to play four shows in Australia in December 2015. Tickets are currently on sale, and Chris Brown’s management has written a statement, saying:
“Contrary to media reports, Chris Brown’s request to enter Australia on tour has not been denied. 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 endeavors 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.”
A petition demanding that Chris Brown was refused entry, was later retracted with an apology.
New Zealand: similar concerns
TheMusic.com.au reported that Chris Brown may also be denied entry to New Zealand due to his violent past. According to NZ Herald, Immigration New Zealand spokesman Marc Piercey confirmed that Brown may be denied entry into the country after he was rejected from entering the UK in 2010:
“If Chris Brown has been excluded from another country he will be ineligible to be granted a visa to enter New Zealand unless given a special direction,” Piercey said.
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