Skepta's heading down under...
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 Mercury Prize winning star was denied a visa for a string of shows down under 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”.
In approving the appeal, the Australian authorities reportedly accepted that Skepta “intend[ed] to rest as much as possible” while in Australia, “rather than attend nightclubs and similar venues”.
He will begin the tour in Melbourne on September 26, before heading to the Sudney Opera House a day later.