September 29, 2015
No rule bending for beater Brown
Labour MP Kelvin Davis doesn’t want American singer Chris Brown let in the country.
Brown needs a special visa because of a 2009 conviction for assault and threatening to kill his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.
Mr Davis, who earlier this year walked the length of his electorate to highlight problems of sexual violence, says he has no time for anyone who has beaten up their partner unless they have a message of repentance.
"I don’t want him up on stage being idolised by people if that is the sort of behaviour he has participated in. He can stay at home. There are plenty of people who can entertain our young people. It's sort of like famous and rich, we will bend the rules for you. I don’t think that’s good enough," he says.
Meanwhile, the office of King Tuheitia has denied Chris Brown would be offered a royal welcome if he is allowed in the country.
Jevan Goulter, a publicist for Brown's concert promoters, Castor & Ford said he had discussed a welcome event with the king’s spokesperson Tukoroirangi Morgan.
But yesterday the King issued a statement saying he does not condone any violence towards women, and no powhiri would take place.
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