A representative for Chris Brown insisted that the singer’s request to enter Australia has not been denied.
Contrary to reports that the singer has been denied entry to Australia, Brown’s publicist clarified that the Australian Immigration has yet to finalize their decision about the singer’s visa request, Mirror reported.
"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, on-going philanthropic endeavors and desire to perform for his fans,” Brown’s publicist said. "Since 2009, Chris Brown has visited Australia on two separate occasions and is looking forward to returning in December."
The “Don’t Wake Me Up” crooner was scheduled to tour Australia in December as part of his “One Hell Of A Nite” concert series. However, Brown’s was issued with a “notice of intention to consider refusal” wherein the singer has 28 days to convince Australian Immigration officials why he should be allowed entry into the country. The reason behind the notice was the singer’s previous assault case against former girlfriend, Rihanna.
Australia’s Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, said Thursday last week that the immigration and border officials will be reviewing Brown’s visa application very seriously, according to The Guardian. She also hinted that her recommendation would be to not allow the singer to enter the country.
“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,’ and certainly, without pre-empting the decision of the minister, I can assure you it is something that the minister is looking at," Cash said.
Meanwhile, tickets for Brown’s Australia concert went on sale Monday, despite reports that his visa request may be denied, News.com.au reported. A statement from Brown’s publicist was also posted on the online ticket site, explaining that the singer’s visa has not been denied and is still under review.
Brown is scheduled to visit Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from Dec. 9 until Dec. 16, as part of his “One Hell Of A Nite” world tour.