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​Chris Brown wants to raise domestic violence awareness in Australia

Chris Brown recently learned that Australia could ban him from touring there in December because of his criminal conviction for assaulting singer Rihanna.

So the R&B singer has decided to go a different route: He wants to turn his dark past into a learning lesson. On Tuesday, Brown, 26, tweeted that he's interested in visiting Australia to raise awareness for domestic abuse.

Activists have protested against Brown's tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth because of his attack on then-girlfriend, Rihanna -- just before the 2009 Grammy Awards. Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault and was freed from probation this year. In March, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Brown had completed his sentence, which included community service, counseling and rehab.

Australia isn't the only place where Brown has faced entry issues. Other areas that have refused him visas in the past include the U.K., Canada and New Zealand.

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