Dogg gone from U.K.
Rapper flies after jail release
April 29, 2006
Toronto Sun (AP)
LONDON -- Snoop Dogg flew out of Britain yesterday following his arrest over a fracas at Heathrow Airport in which seven police officers were injured.
The 34-year-old rapper boarded a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for Johannesburg, South Africa, late yesterday.
He is due to perform in Durban today.
Snoop and five other men were arrested Wednesday on charges of violent disorder and affray -- or starting a brawl -- and spent the night in jail, the Metropolitan police said.
Police said Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and the other men, all U.S. citizens in their 30s, had not been charged with any offenses.
They were released Thursday, but must return to London next month for further questioning.
Trouble began late Wednesday when members of Snoop's entourage were denied entry to British Airways' first-class lounge. A disturbance involving 30 people followed, police said.
When officers told the group that they would not be allowed to board their flight, "a number of the group became abusive and pushed officers," a police spokesman said on the force's customary condition of anonymity.
She said seven officers received cuts, bruises and other minor injuries.
A company spokesman for British Airways said Snoop has been banned from future travel on the airline.