Chris Brown’s tour of Australia and New Zealand has been scrapped.
Ticketek Australia released a statement on Wednesday morning confirming the cancellation of Brown’s December tour. The ‘Loyal’ singer was denied a visa based on his history of domestic violence.
Brown was issued a notice of intent by the Australian Government in September, signalling their intention to refuse him a visa. The singer was then given 28 days to either challenge or withdraw his application to visit the country. Brown’s appeal was unsuccessful.
Brown was convicted in 2009 for assaulting and threatening to kill his then-girlfriend Rihanna. He was subsequently sentenced to five years probation.
The tour’s promoter published a statement saying they were confident the 26-year-old would return to Australia.
“Mr Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future,” the statement said.
Chris Brown is the second high-profile musician to have his visa denied by the Australian government this year. Tyler, the Creator was forced to cancel his Australian tour after he was banned from entering the country following pressure from feminist group Collective Shout. [via Sydney Morning Herald]