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Snoop Dogg Denied Visa, UK Ban Upheld By Home Office

Rapper Snoop Dogg

has been banned from performing in the United Kingdom by Home Office Minister

John Reid and his visa to enter the country has been denied. Snoop

Dogg was scheduled to perform in front of more than 65,000 people at Wembley Arena

on Mar. 27, along side rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs on the Pass The Puff

European Tour.The

government upheld a

previous ban on the rapper in the United Kingdom, after he and his 30-plus

entourage became involved in a brawl in Heathrow Airport in Apr. of 2006, when

they were denied entry into British Airways’ First Class Lounge. Seven

officers were injured in the fracas, which also resulted in Snoop Dogg being banned

from flying with British Airways. Snoop was later issued a caution over the incident.

According

to reports, the rapper’s recent run-in’s with the law in the United States and

his recent detainment in Stockholm, Sweden have further complicated his situation

in the United Kingdom. "Snoop

and his team are mystified at the decision and are hoping that the British government

will reconsider this decision," said European tour representative Celena

Aponte in a statement. "He has asked how he can help rectify the situation

and would happily talk to and give assurances to the officials."Snoop

reportedly offered to make a donation to an anti-violence charity if the government

decided to let him play in the country, which has seen a surge in gun violence

over the past several years. Reps

for the tour said they were not sure if the concert would continue without Snoop.

The

rapper was also scheduled to pay in Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Nottingham.

Snoop

was arrested Nov. 2006 in the United States and was charged with possession of

a gun, cocaine and marijuana after leaving a performance on NBC’s The Tonight

Show. In

Oct. 2006, Snoop Dogg was arrested at the Bob Hope Airport when police found a

gun and marijuana in the rapper’s car. In

September 2006, the rapper was arrested for carrying a deadly weapon at John Wayne

Airport, when officials found a collapsible baton in his luggage at a security

check point.

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