June 08, 2010 at 04:14 PM EDT

Chris Brown has postponed a tour of the U.K. after his visa was denied, Reuters reports. The decision was related to the singer’s felony assault conviction last year, in which he pleaded guilty to beating then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009. “We reserve the right to refuse entry to the U.K. to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence,” a rep for Britain’s Home Office told Reuters. “Public safety is one of our primary concerns.”

Brown had planned to perform in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, and London this week. Reuters says he has the right to appeal the Home Office’s decision. Brown’s label did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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