Chris Brown Wants to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence in Australia

by Jackie Willis 6:50 AM PDT, September 29, 2015
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Chris Brown would like to use his "power" as a well-known R&B artist to shed light on an important issue.

The 26-year-old singer tweeted out his desire to help in the efforts against domestic violence on Tuesday, after reports surfaced that he might be denied entry into Australia.

Brown's prior trouble with the law might be a contributing factor as to why he might not be permitted to perform in the country.

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In 2009, Brown was arrested in a domestic violence case, and subsequently charged with felony assault, after attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown pled guilty, and has since completed the court-mandated community service and was subsequently let off probation. 

Minister Peter Dutton confirmed with ET that a Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal had been issued to Brown. He has 28 days to present material as to why he should be given a visa to enter Australia.

On Tuesday, Brown took to Twitter to explain why he thinks he should be allowed to perform.

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"I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence. I'm not the pink elephant in the room anymore," he wrote. "My life mistakes should be a wake up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don't define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse."

Calling attention to his star status, Brown added, "The youth don't listen to parents nor do they listen to PSA's. The power that we have as Entertainers can change lives."

Brown's rep has also defended the musician's right to perform in the country.

"Chris Brown's request to enter Australia on tour has not been denied. This request is currently being considered by the office of the Immigration Minister. 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 endeavors and desire to perform for his fans," the singer's rep told ET in a statement. "Since 2009, Chris Brown has visited Australia on two separate occasions and is looking forward to returning in December."

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Do tweets count?

Meanwhile, an online petition has been made, asking that Brown not be given access into the country in an effort to demonstrate that domestic violence will not be tolerated in the country. As of Tuesday morning, the online petition had 14,207 signatures.

This isn't the first time Brown has faced being banned from a country. In February, he was denied entry into Canada, and was forced to cancel shows in Montreal and Toronto.

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In an interview with ET's Kevin Frazier, Brown shared how he faces his demons.

"You have to forgive yourself," he said. "You can't beat yourself up over the years, because it'll just eat at you and you'll be stuck in the past. And for me, I just learned to be a more humble individual and more of a conscious person."