Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg was slapped with a seven-year-old lawsuit on Wednesday (11AUG04) - as he performed onstage in front of fans.

Music promoter PATRICIA ANN RICHARDSON filed a $1 million (GBP550,000) lawsuit against the BEAUTIFUL rapper almost seven years ago, claiming he tricked her into picking up three packages filled with marijuana at a motel.

But her attorney JOSEPH KAESTNER was unable to deliver the papers to the star, because he appears infrequently in Virginia.

The attorney arranged for a major in the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Department to serve the lawsuit on Snoop, real name CALVIN BROADUS, when he appeared for a concert in the city on Wednesday.

The rapper has 20 days to file a formal response to the allegations.

Richardson was not arrested, but claims she was searched, handcuffed and questioned at a Petersburg police station, according to the suit.

13/08/2004 19:20