Snoop Dogg wins latest round in UK entry case

Fri Mar 5, 2010 6:33am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg has won the latest round in a long-running battle with British border authorities to be allowed into the country.

The 38-year-old, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was originally denied entry in 2007, forcing him and fellow rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs to cancel the British dates of their European tour.

The ban relates to Snoop Dogg's arrest at Heathrow airport in 2006 following a fracas involving members of his entourage.

In 2008 the ban was lifted but when the UK Border Agency challenged the decision, it went to an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. Earlier this week, the tribunal announced its decision that to deny him entry had been wrong.

"We are disappointed by the tribunal's decision in this case," a UK Border Agency spokesperson said on Friday.

"We are studying the determination carefully and will take a decision whether to appeal."

The performer has had a series of brushes with the law in recent years.

In 2007 he pleaded no contest to gun and drugs charges in the United States. The same year he was barred from entering Australia after failing a character test.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Rap star Snoop Dogg announces the nominations for the 37th annual American Music Awards at a news conference in Beverly Hills October 13, 2009. REUTERS/ Fred Prouser</p>