The British government has challenged a recent ruling that could allow rapper Snoop Dogg back into the country. Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Broadus, was banned from the United Kingdom in March of 2007, after he and his entourage were involved in a brawl with security officers at London’s Heathrow Airport.
In May of 2006, the rapper received a caution for the fracas in Heathrow, which involved more than 30 people and left seven police officers with minor injuries, including one who broke his hand.
After several unsuccessful attempts to gain reentry into the country, an asylum immigration tribunal approved the rapper’s appeal in January.
The U.K.’s Border Agency will challenge the ruling next week, according to a spokesman.
“We were disappointed with the judge’s decision in this case and have challenged his decision. This hearing is due to take place on the 7th of April. It would not be appropriate to comment further while these proceedings are ongoing,” the spokesman said.
During a recent article with The Guardian, Snoop Dogg downplayed his bad boy past.
“People in London always get information on me as far as when I go to jail and my criminal record,“ the rapper complained. “They never hear about my football team, my wife, my kids, my standing in the community, the gang interventions that I do. They don’t give a fu*k about it!”