Snoop Dogg 'Disappointed' Over Australia Ban, MTV Execs Prepare Case For Rapper
Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said the rapper failed to meet Australia's character test, which takes previous criminal convictions into account.
Snoop Dogg, who was recently denied entry into the United Kingdom as part of a tour with Sean "Diddy" Combs, recently plead no contest to drug and weapons charges stemming from incidents at two separate airports in California in Sept. and Oct. of 2006.
Snoop was sentenced to five years probation and 800 hours of community service,
“We are very disappointed and hope that the minister will reconsider his decision," Snoop Dogg's attorney Donald Etra said in a statement released to AllHipHop.com today (Apr. 26). "Snoop just completed a very successful European tour where he was able to spread his message of peace to his fans and hopes to continue it around the world. Snoop has no gang ties and this is evident through his ongoing efforts to get kids off the streets and out of gangs via self funded programs such as his youth football league. Snoop loves Australia and Australia loves Snoop. He truly hopes to have the opportunity to perform for his fans.”
Snoop Dogg was scheduled to be co-host of the Australian MTV Music Awards on Sunday (Apr. 29).
Today, executives at MTV lent their support and intensified their efforts to overturn the country's ban on Snoop Dogg.
The network has six immigration specialists who are helping to prepare Snoop Dogg's case and remained hopeful that Snoop Dogg would appear at the awards ceremony on Apr. 29.
"We're putting a lot of energy in to making a case for how popular Snoop is and the fact he's been here before without incident...we’re hopeful that when people tune in to MTV at seven o’clock on Sunday, they’ll see Snoop Dogg on the red carpet." said MTV managing director Dave Sibly in a statement.
Snoop Dogg will not be replaced as host of the awards ceremony if his appeal is denied.