*Chris Brown was forced to postpone his UK tour today after officials there rejected his visa over the Rihanna beating.
The R&B singer was refused permission into the country on the grounds of being guilty of a serious criminal offense, according to the Home Office.
“We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offense,” the Home Office stated. “Public safety is one of our primary concerns. …Each application to enter the UK is considered on its individual merits.”
Brown was sentenced to a community service order for assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009. The artist was due to play three UK concerts, starting in Glasgow on Wednesday night.
Two further dates in London, Birmingham and Manchester had also been planned, along with a concert Cork, the Irish Republic which has been put on ice as well.
Tour promoters SJM confirmed the concerts have been postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.” They advised concert-goers to hold onto their tickets as there would be “possible re-arranged dates.”
Brown had shared the bad news on his Twitter feed, stating: “SORRY to all the fans in Europe!!! my tour is cancelled. Im pretty sure yall know. my entry was denied in your country. I love you. SORRY!!”
But, those tweets were subsequently removed and followed shortly afterward by a statement from Sony Music blaming the cancellation on “issues surrounding his work visa.”
“Chris looks forward to performing for his fans abroad in the near future and thanks them for their continued support,” his label added.