SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES (CelebrityAccess) — Representatives for R&B singer Chris Brown are hopeful that he will be allowed into Australia for a string of shows, despite the a statement from Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton who said the government intends to deny him an entry visa.
On Sunday, Dutton released a statement saying that Brown had to prove why he should be allowed in the country. Brown was convicted in 2009 of assault on his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna.
“I can confirm that a notice of intention to consider refusal has been issued,” the statement released by Dutton said. “People to whom these notices are issued have 28 days to present material as to why they should be given a visa to enter Australia.
“Decisions on whether a visa will or will not be issued are made after that timeframe and consideration of the material presented to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.”
Brown was due to perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in December ass a part of his One Hell of a Nite tour.
Brown's Australian promoter Castor and Ford tours remain confident that Brown will be able to tour in the South Pacific nation, noting in a media statement that Brown's visa is still under review.
“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,” a spokeswoman told The Guardian.
“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, ongoing philanthropic endeavours and desire to perform for his fans,” she said. “Since 2009, Chris Brown has visited Australia on two separate occasions and is looking forward to returning in December.” – Staff Writers