US singer Chris Brown cancels tour of Australia, New Zealand


– R&B star Chris Brown on Wednesday cancelled the Australian and New Zealand part of his tour, after being refused a visa to Australia due to his history of domestic violence.

Australia in September told the US singer his visa request was being considered for refusal over his previous behaviour, which includes a 2009 conviction for assaulting his then girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.

Brown appealed the refusal and tickets remained on sale last month. He said on Twitter he was a changed man and wanted to raise awareness about domestic violence during his tour.

But the appeal was not successful, reports said Wednesday, as the promoters cancelled the Australia and New Zealand leg of the “One Hell of a Nite” tour, due to start next week.

Promoters Castor and Ford said the first show at the Perth Arena on December 9 had been cancelled as had shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and New Zealand’s Auckland.

In a statement on Facebook, the promoters said that “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.”

Full refunds were being offered to ticket holders, they said.

Australian Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said earlier that Brown was not the sort of character wanted in the country.

Brown toured Australia twice since his 2009 conviction in 2011 and 2012, but there is currently a focus on tackling domestic violence in Australia, spearheaded by Cash’s ministry.