By Damilola Faustino
Skepta‘s tour of Australia is set to go ahead after he reportedly faced a visa ban that prevented him from entering the country.
The star was denied a visa for a string of shows that are due to begin at the end of September.
His application was reportedly blocked by a delegate for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who claimed that he represented a “risk of harm to the Australian community which is unacceptable.”
The visa ban is believed to have been motivated by a 2016 incident in which the rapper punched a man in the mouth at a nightclub in Melbourne.
Although Skepta was not convicted over the incident, he pleaded guilty to causing injury and was fined $2,500. He was also ordered to pay his victim a further $10,000. The ban was previously appealed by Skepta’s tour promoter earlier this year.
In a hearing to overturn the decision, Skepta claimed his previous misdemeanours were “spontaneous and impulsive”. He also claimed that he “uses a high-profile platform to raise awareness around issues associated with racism, youth socio-economic disadvantage and homelessness”.
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