Snoop Dogg Barred from Australia

ImageRapper Snoop Dogg has been refused entry in Australia, according to Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews.

The rapper's visa was canceled because he failed the country's character test, which takes previous criminal convictions into account.

Snoop Dogg, who recently pleaded no contest to drug and gun charges, was due to co-host the MTV Australian Video awards on Sunday (Apr. 29).

"He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country," Andrews told Sydney's Macquarie Radio. "This man has been a member of a Los Angeles gang, and is still associated with it apparently, that's been involved in murder, robberies and drug dealing in the LA area."

Andrews also added that the rapper was given a warning for staying in Australia two extra days past his visa date during a visit last February.

Snoop Dogg's lawyer, Donald Etra, said he had not heard from the rapper and could not comment.

The rapper has 28 days to make an appeal.

This will be the second time this year Snoop Dogg has been barred from entering a country.

Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Broadus, was banned from the UK and was unable to perform with Sean "P.Diddy" Combs at the "One Love Peace Tour" in March 2007.

In that incident, officials in the UK said Snoop was denied a visa and banned from the country because of an Apr. 2006 brawl between his entourage and airport security in London's Heathrow Airport.

Snoop was issued a caution over the fracas, which left several airport security guards injured.

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