LATEST: Rapper Snoop Dogg has been given the go-ahead to tour Australia - after officials finally granted him a visa following weeks of legal wrangling.
The Drop It Like It's Hot star - real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus - was forced to put plans for a series of live dates in the country on hold after protests about his criminal record.
Victims' groups in Australia called on the government to refuse to allow Snoop entry because of his convictions for drugs and firearms offences.
But following intense discussions - and a written plea from his actor pal Russell Crowe - immigration chiefs relented and announced on Friday (12Sep08) that the rapper has been granted a visa to enter the country.
An official said the decision was party based on the fact that Snoop had previously visited Australia without incident.
A spokesman for the Immigration Department says, "In making this decision, the department weighed his criminal convictions against his previous behaviour while in Australia, recent conduct - including charity work - and any likely risk to the Australian community.
"We took into account all relevant factors and, on balance, the department decided to grant the visa."
The rapper's tour is due to start next month (Oct08).