Snoop Dogg has been barred from entering the former penal colony of Australia after failing a "character test". Snoop was told his visa would be cancelled after he pleaded no contest to gun and drug charges in the US earlier this month.
"He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country," Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said in an interview.
"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."
Snoop had been scheduled to be a co-host of the MTV Australia Awards program on April 29; the music network is working to appeal the exclusion decision so that he can appear. Australia’s Daily Telegraph called the appeal “a long shot.”
At a Los Angeles court earlier this month, the rapper entered a surprise no-contest plea to gun and drug charges and was given a three-year suspended sentence that will spare him jail time.