Chris Brown Barred from UK
Singer's visa rejected because of assault
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by MarionRozelle
Posted Jun 9, 2010 2:06 AM CDT
"U ever feel like the storm clouds are too thick for any sunshine to get through?" Brown tweeted.   (AP Photo/Lori Shepler, Pool)
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(Newser) – Chris Brown has been told he isn't welcome in the UK because of his assault conviction. The singer's visa application was rejected by British authorities, forcing him to cancel a tour of the UK and Ireland just days before it was suppposed to begin, the BBC reports. The singer was sentenced to community service for beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna last year.

"We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offense. Public safety is one of our primary concerns," Britain's Home Office said in a statement. "Each application to enter the UK is considered on its individual merits." Brown's promoters have told fans to hold onto their tickets because the dates may be rescheduled.