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Chris Brown Cancels Australia and New Zealand Tour Over Visa Refusal

Chris Brown has cancelled plans for his Australia and New Zealand tour after being warned that his visa would be rejected because of his criminal conviction for assaulting Rihanna (photosRihanna photos).

Ticketing agency Ticketek has told customers that the planned tour has been cancelled and is already issuing refunds.

Brown had attempted to appeal a "notice of intention to consider refusal", which gave him a month days to explain why he should be allowed into the country, in September.

He said his "mistakes should be a wake-up call for everyone. I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness on domestic violence, I am 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."

But the tactic did not work.

"People need to understand 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 we expect in Australia,'" Australia's former Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash explained in an interview.

"Mr Brown and the promoters remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future," says Brown's publicist. "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."

December 2, 2015 |

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