US singer Chris Brown will be denied entry into Australia due to his 2009 assault on then-partner and pop star Rihanna.
The 26-year-old, who is due to arrive for a series of concerts in December, has been issued with a formal notice from Australian officials stating they intend to refuse his visa on character grounds, says The Daily Telegraph.
Brown now has 28 days to explain why he should be allowed into the country.
Tickets for his concerts are due to go on sale on Monday.
The R&B star was convicted of assault in 2009 for bashing Rihanna, threatening to kill her and biting her ear.
He was sentenced to five years’ probation, a year-long domestic violence program and 180 days of community labour.
Two years ago Brown said his counselling helped him understand his actions were wrong.
“I think it is just proving myself once again and me being a man. Knowing what I did was wrong and never doing it again,” he said.
But many argue his violent lyrics suggest he has not reformed.
The singer has been banned from entering Britain and Canada in the past, and has already toured Australia since the assault conviction on Rihanna.
The Department of Immigration has been contacted for comment.
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