Snoop fails Aussie 'bloke' test
Rap artist Snoop Dogg barred from Australia after failing character test.
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2007 04:49 GMT
Snoop Dogg was recently given a suspended sentence on drug and gun charges [GALLO/GETTY] 
Rap artist Snoop Dogg has been barred from Australia because he is not "the sort of bloke we want in this country", the immigration minister has said.
The 35-year-old hip-hop icon - real name Calvin Broadus - had been due to attend the MTV Australian Video Music Awards this weekend.
But Snoop failed the character test required to enter Australia and his visa was cancelled, Kevin Andrews, the Australian immigration minister, said.
"He has a whole string of convictions and just two weeks ago he was convicted of a number of charges again, sentenced to three years jail, two on another, with five years probation and a suspended sentence," Andrews said.
"He has been denied entry into the United Kingdom because he was caught with others causing affray at Heathrow Airport," the minister told Australian radio.
"He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country."
Andrews said Snoop's reputed gang ties were also taken into consideration.
"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," he said.
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