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Snoop Dogg's UK visa ban lifted
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Snoop Dogg was also denied entry to Australia in 2007
A visa ban preventing rapper Snoop Dogg from entering the UK has been lifted, the musician has disclosed.

Speaking on CNN's Larry King Live programme, the star said a judge "found me to be innocent and now I'm able to go back there".

Snoop - real name Calvin Broadus - was denied entry in 2007. He was cautioned in 2006 on suspicion of affray after being arrested at Heathrow Airport.

The Home Office said it is appealing to have the decision reconsidered.

"We are disappointed with the judge's decision in this case," said a spokesman.

He added that the rapper would be unable to enter the UK until any appeal proceedings had been concluded.

'Mutual love'

Snoop, who is preparing to release a new album , added: "So everybody in the UK, big Snoop Dogg will be back to come give you all what you want."

The 36-year-old added in the interview that there was a "mutual love" between him and his British fans, but that "a couple of run-ins and scenarios" had led to the denial of an entry visa.

Snoop had been due to play a string of UK concerts with fellow US rapper P Diddy when his visa was cancelled.

The shows were called off after "credible behind the scenes efforts were made to no avail to reverse the decision", a tour spokesperson said.

Later in 2007, the hip-hop star was denied entry to Australia for failing a character test and was unable to co-host the MTV Australian Video Music Awards.

He went on to present the MTV Europe Music Awards in Munich, and attacked the UK authorities for denying him entry to the country, saying "they have judicial laws from the 1800s".

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