Tickets for rapper, Chris Brown’s Australian tour went on sale today, despite him not yet being approved for a visa.
In 2009, Brown was convicted of assaulting then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna, in a domestic violence case.
Since then the rapper has been granted entry to Australia twice, and a petition has been created on change.org to plead with the government to allow the tour to go ahead.
The petition defends Brown, saying he’s a changed man and his past should not dictate the present because he has shown remorse for his actions.
“Chris has now matured and moved forward with his life with the help and support of his fans, family, friends and professionals,” the petition reads.
Brown’s management posted a statement on the Ticketek website explaining he had not been officially denied a visa, instead stating a decision was yet to be made by the immigration department.
“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 endeavours and desire to perform for his fans,” the statement said.
The issues with Brown’s visa come after the government’s strong and public stance against domestic violence.
Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull held a press conference on Thursday to announce his plans for $100 million worth of initiatives to combat violence against women.
“Already this year, 63 women have been killed by their partners or a family member,” Mr Turnbull said.
Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash is pushing for Brown’s application to be rejected, just as boxer, Floyd Mayweather’s was earlier this year.
“I can assure you that the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection will be looking at this very, very seriously,” Ms Cash told the Herald Sun.
Brown is due to perform at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 16 December this year.
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