Chris Brown is scheduled to bring his "One Hell of a Nite" tour to Australia this December – in fact, tickets go on sale Monday, September 27. But – based on his history of domestic violence – the Australian immigration department issued Brown a "notice of intention to consider refusal" of his visa application, as per Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, on Friday. Brown now has 28 days to appeal.
Though Brown has been denied entry to the UK, Canada and likely New Zealand following his 2009 conviction for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, he's toured Australia twice since. Former Australian Assistant Immigration Minister and current Minister for Women Michaelia Cash urged Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to take a tougher stand this time around. "People need to understand, if you are going to commit domestic violence and 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 that we expect in Australia,'" Cash said, via BBC News.
And it seems Cash isn't the only one who feels this way – leading up to Friday's decision, Australians have been pressuring the government to refuse entry to Brown. A GetUp! petition calling for Brown to be banned from the country amassed over 14,000 signatures, and Melbourne posters for his concert have been accessorized with "I Beat Women" stickers.
Conversely, a Change.org petition has been created by a Sydney fan, in an effort to support Brown.
This is a developing story, and we'll have all the details as they emerge.