Chris Brown to be denied access to Australia because of domestic violence past

SINGER Chris Brown could be denied entry to Australia because of his domestic violence past.

The US R&B singer was sentenced to 5 years probation in 2009 for punching and strangling Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time.

An activist group called GetUp! has launched an online petition requesting the government refuse entry to the 26-year-old, saying that allowing him into the country would send the wrong message to survivors of family violence.


“Chris Brown is an extremely influential figure, particularly among young people. Allowing his entry into Australia sends the message that the Turnbull government does not place significant weight and condemnation on men’s violence against women,” GetUp! says.

“We are implicitly sending the message that if you brutally beat a woman, in a short amount of time you will be forgiven, or even celebrated.”

Other high-profile celebrities including boxer Floyd Mayweather have been blocked from visiting the country because of their abusive pasts.

Mayweather was denied a visa to Australia in February over allegations he abused his ex-partner in front of his children and went to jail after abusing five different women.

Browns is due to visit Australia from December 9-16 for his One Hell of A Nite tour.