Lil Wayne Denied British Visa, Calls Off European Tour Plans
Rap superstar Lil Wayne has been forced to axe plans to tour the U.K. this summer after British immigration officials refused to issue him a work visa due to his criminal convictions.
The Lollipop hit-maker is currently on the road in the U.S. with Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Travis Barker, as part of his I Am Still Music Tour, and he was expected to launch the trek across the Atlantic after the May release of his album, Tha Carter IV.
However, Stereoboard.com reports U.K. border officials have rejected Wayne's visa application as a result of his recent prison stint for weapons possession. The hip-hop star served eight months for the charge last year. Immigration representatives also highlighted his other legal woes, including allegations of drug possession in 2008 and 2009.
As a result of the visa denial, Wayne has scrapped all planned dates in Europe, including a performance at the Marquee Festival in Cork, Ireland on July 4th. A representative for Wayne has yet to respond to requests for a comment.
The embattled rapper isn't the only star to have experienced problems with the U.K.'s strict immigration laws - Snoop Dogg incurred the wrath of border officials in 2006 when he was arrested following a fracas at London's Heathrow Airport, prompting them to deny him entry in 2007 after labeling the rapper a threat. The Gin and Juice hit-maker appealed the case and the ruling was reversed in 2010.