Chris Brown was set to perform a series of concerts in Australia this December, but the country’s government is saying “no way” because of his domestic abuse convictions.
On Sunday, the government’s Immigration Ministry officially told Brown that his visa request was denied.
The question had been brought up over the last few weeks as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball advocated new domestic abuse legislation, whether Brown, who was convicted for assaulting his then-partner Rihanna, would be welcomed in the country in light of the administration’s laser focus on reducing domestic violence. Turnball responded to the question by saying:
‘This is a government that is not afraid to say no’.
His statement was joined by Minister for Women Michaela Cash, who said:
“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’.”
Tickets for Brown’s appearances were supposed to come out tomorrow. Brown has 28 days to appeal the decision.