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Snoop Dogg avoids jail sentence

Snoop Dogg

Story by Jack Foley

BY PLEADING no contest to gun and drug charges in a Californian court, the rapper Snoop Dogg – real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr – has avoided a jail sentence. Instead, he has been given five years probation and 800 hours community service.

The 35-year-old musician was arrested and charged in October 2006 after he was found in the possession of marijuana and a gun.

The judge, Terry Smerling, also ruled that Broadus could only spend half his community service hours with the football league he’s set up for underprivileged youths. Nor must he have any gang members in his entourage. Failure to comply with the terms of the probabation could result in a three year prison sentence.

This is not the first time Broadus has been in trouble with the authorities. As well as being convicted of felony drug charges in 1990, thereby making it illegal for him to own a gun, he has cases pending in other parts of California.

Previously Posted: US RAPPERS Snoop Dogg and P Diddy have decided to cancel their joint concerts in the UK after the former was denied a visa by British authorities.

A tour spokesman announced that the shows were cancelled after “credible behind the scenes efforts were made to no avail to reverse the decision”.

He added that both musicians were “incredibly disappointed and devastated” about the decision, which will disappoint thousands of fans.

The concert series had been due to kick off at London’s Wembley Arena on Tuesday (March 27, 2007), before heading to Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Nottingham. It will then resume in Dublin on March 31.

Snoop Dogg, who was denied the visa, is reportedly extremely frustrated by the decision not to grant him a visa, claiming that the authorities could have revealed their decision much earlier.

In an interview with music channel MTV in Amsterdam, Snoop Dogg said: “They knew I was coming six, seven weeks ago, so they could have denied me access then.

“I cannot control my past – me being an ex-gang member, ex-drug dealer – but I know how to do what’s right, how to turn my life around.”

However, this is not the first time Snoop Dogg – real name Calvin Broadus – has fallen foul of UK authorities.

He was previously barred from entering Britain in May 2006 following an incident in April when he and five other men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and starting a brawl when some in his party were denied entry to British Airways’ first class lounge at Heathrow Airport.

He subsequently spent the night in jail after trouble flared.

Customers for the current UK shows are advised that they can obtain refunds on their tickets at the original point of purchase.