Chris Brown has been denied entry into Australia over his history of domestic violence.

On Friday, after mounting pressure from anti-domestic violence advocates, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton indicated that the singer might be barred from entering the country on "character grounds". 

In 2009, Brown offered a guilty plea to a charge of felony assault, after he viciously attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna, leaving her with facial injuries that required hospitalisation. He was sentenced to five years' probation in relation to the crime. 

Over the weekend, the singer was issued with a notice of intent to refuse him a visa to enter Australia, in line with the Migration Act, which allows the government to bar individuals with a "substantial criminal record."

Tickets for Brown's Australian shows were due to go on sale tomorrow - he currently has the option to challenge the notice, or withdraw his application to come to Australia, and cancel said shows, which are scheduled for December.

Minister For Women Michaelia Cash spoke out about Brown while his application was still being considered, saying:

"People need to understand, if you are going to commit domestic violence and then 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'."

via Fairfax
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