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Snoop Dogg Beats the British Government Over UK Ban -- Or Does He?

05/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In a humiliating climbdown this week, the British Government has been forced to admit they had no right to ban Snoop Dogg from entering the UK for three years after an airport brawl in May 2006.

In a case that has cost the British taxpayer over $150,000, Snoop - real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. - successfully argued that any ban breached his human right to freedom of expression.

Officials argued it was in the national interest to bar Snoop Dogg, claiming the singer, whose associates are on the fringes of gangs, risked provoking violent crime.

The problems started when Snoop was involved in a mass brawl at a British Airways VIP Lounge in 2007. According to officials, some of Snoop's entourage tried to enter the lounge with economy tickets. When they were refused entry, they trashed the place.

But CCTV of the incident viewed by two senior immigration judges this week showed that police pushed Snoop twice as he tried to speak to children. While Snoop did not retaliate, the incident sprialled out of control with some of his 30-strong entourage smashing bottles and throwing punches. Seven policemen were injured.

When Snoop, 38, was arrested he was the model of decorum, say reports.

So why did immigration officlals seek to ban the rapper over what amounted to a dramatic airport scuffle?

They read too many newspapers.

Such is the power of the tabloid press that a headline in The Star newspaper - a rag that makes Fox look like CNN - was enough to convince authorities that Snoop Dogg was a one man race riot waiting to happen. "Kick This Evil Bastard Out!" screamed a front page headline, supported by stories elsewhere in the media, and unthinking authority obliged.

Three years later the UK Border Agency are picking up the pieces, accused of hysteria and breaching Snoop's human rights.

But all's well that end's well, right? Despite winning the case Snoop has too many prior criminal convictions to be likely be successful in his plea for a tour Visa.