The saga surrounding Chris Brown‘s cancelled Australian tour is far from over.
You may recall the R&B singer’s Down Under dates were axed a week out from kick-off following the launch of a campaign to deny him entry over his past domestic violence convictions, prompting the Australian Government to get involved, pledging to cancel his visa.
And now the Breezy soap opera has taken another plot twist, with an investor in the bungled tour, Westgate Entertainment, mounting a legal stoush to recoup millions of dollars worth of lost investments.
According to the Herald Sun, Westgate have filed a writ in the supreme court, claiming to have loaned around $3.6 million to Brown’s promoter Castor & Ford Agency to cover his tour-related expenses, expecting it to be paid back through the profits that the tour would have generated, had it gone ahead.
Under a written agreement with Castor & Ford, Westgate were supposed to be repaid that money in full, plus a tidy 50% of Brown’s tour profits.
But the investor alleges that the Melbourne-based agency has refused to pay back the money they owe them, now that the tour’s been canned.
Castor & Ford has 10 days to respond to the allegations.
Brown, meanwhile, has vowed to return to Australia once he can successfully get his visa approved.
In a statement following his One Hell Of A Nite Tour cancellation, Breezy’s people said that both the singer and his promoters remain positive that the tour will take place sometime in the near future.
“Mr Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future,” the statement read.
The saga leading to his tour cancellation was long and drawn-out. In the face of a petition calling for him to be barred from entering Australia and the Federal Government officially notifying him of their plans to deny him a Visa on the grounds of his prior domestic violence convictions, Brown had still been refusing to throw in the towel, hiring lawyers, boasting on social media that the whole thing was just “media & bullshit” and even promising to help raise awareness about domestic violence if he was permitted to cross our borders.
Even after the tour was officially cancelled, Brown’s official Facebook page continued to post advertisements about his Aussie dates, which left many fans feeling confused and pissed off.
Since then, Brown has reportedly come under investigation for assaulting another woman.
For those needing assistance, 1800 Respect – the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service – can be reached on 1800 737 732.