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
Chris Brown Barred from UK
"U ever feel like the storm clouds are too thick for any sunshine to get through?" Brown tweeted.   (AP Photo/Lori Shepler, Pool)

(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.
(Read more Rihanna stories.)

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