#UK Chris Brown cancels Down Under tour after visa troubles

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chris Brown has canceled plans for a Down Under tour after Australian authorities earlier warned the troubled R&B singer that they were likely to refuse him a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna.

Ticketing agency Ticketek on Wednesday posted a statement from Brown’s promoters saying the planned December tour of Australia and New Zealand had been canceled and those who had bought tickets would get refunds.

Citing privacy concerns, Australia’s immigration department declined to say whether they had refused Brown a visa. But in September the department issued Brown a “notice of intention to consider refusal” which required him to explain why he should be allowed into the country.

New Zealand immigration authorities say Brown withdrew his visa application before they ruled on it.

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