Los Angeles: Singer Chris Brown will reportedly have to cancel his Australia tour scheduled in December, as he has been warned that he may not be allowed to enter the country because of domestic violence conviction.
The 26-year-old "Kiss Kiss" hitmaker assaulted his then girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009 and considering those charges, Australia's Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said she would recommend that immigration minister Peter Dutton refuse his visa, reported Aceshowbiz.
"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. This is a government that is not afraid to say: 'no'," Cash said.
Brown is expected to perform in Perth on December 9 before making stops in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on December 12, 14 and 16 respectively. After his tour was announced, advocacy group GetUp! launched an online petition asking Australia's Minister of Immigration to stop "Forever" singer from visiting the country.
"We're speaking out against Chris Brown because his casual visit our country would have enormous symbolic significance, which will only be amplified by our silence. "By turning a blind eye to his tour, we send a message to survivors of family violence that it's not that important and that you should just get over it," read a message.
More than 11,000 people have signed the petition so far.