Hip-Hop star Busta Rhymes is being held by officials in the United Kingdom, after he was refused entry into the country today (September 25).
The 36-year-old rapper was arrested at London’s City Airport due to his criminal record in the United States. Rhymes, born Trevor Smith, had previously traveled to London on August 17, where he picked up litter on behalf of RockCorps.
According to reports, officials attempted to send Rhymes to Amsterdam, but his lawyer intervened.
As of press time, Rhymes is being held while Immigration Officials decided whether or not he will be allowed entry into the country to perform a benefit show for Orange RockCorps at Royal Albert Hall in London.
“He is just waiting on his Visa right now,” Rhymes’ manager Chris Lighty told AllHipHop.com.
Atlanta rapper Ludacris is being flown to the UK as a last minute replacement for Rhymes, who was due to appear on a bill that features John Legend, Feeder, The Automatic and Guillemots.
“He has the necessary work-permit and has been in the country twice already this year, so we’re a little puzzled that a question mark is now being placed over his ability to enter the country to perform to volunteers…he is currently detained pending a decision on temporary admission by the immigration officer…documents are being prepared to apply for judicial review as early as possible today.”
Over 5,000 fans, who earned their tickets by doing community service, are expected to attend the concert.