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Snoop Dogg posts bail after U.K. airport fracas

Rapper arrested with 5 others after fight broke out with police
*** FILE *** Rap artist and actor Snoop Dogg coach and sponsor of the Snoop Dogg All-Star youth football team is seen before the Snoop Bowl game with the Jacksonville youth All-Stars at Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005. Rapper Snoop Dogg and five associates were arrested after a fracas at Heathrow Airport that injured seven police officers, British media reported Thursday April 27, 2006. Snoop Dogg _ real name Calvin Broadus, 34 _ had been due to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday. (AP Photo/Robert E. Klein)Robert E. Klein / AP FILE
/ Source: Reuters

Snoop Dogg was released on bail Thursday after a fracas he was involved in at Heathrow Airport injured seven police officers, his lawyers said.

After being detained overnight, the 34-year-old rapper was driven away from the airport’s police station, police said, while speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy. They did not give details of five other men arrested with him.

“Snoop has been released on bail,” said his attorney, Peter Binning. “He will return at a later date.”

Binning declined to reveal the amount of money posted for the rapper’s bail, and said that Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has not been not charged with any offense.

London’s Metropolitan Police said officers responded late Wednesday to reports of a disturbance involving 30 people at British Airways’ first-class lounge.

The disturbance began after Snoop and his party were denied entry into the lounge because some were flying first class while others were flying economy class, said Richard Goodfellow, a spokesman for British Airways.

“They became very rude and abusive to our staff and we took the decision to ... refuse them travel,” Goodfellow said.

When officers told the group they wouldn’t be allowed to board their flight, “a number of the group became abusive and pushed officers,” a police spokeswoman said on the force’s customary condition of anonymity.

The six men were arrested on charges of “violent disorder and affray” — or creating a brawl or disturbance — and spent the night at London police stations. Police said all those arrested were U.S. citizens in their 30s.

The injured police officers received cuts, bruises and other minor injuries, the force said.

Snoop and the others involved have been sent letters telling them they are banned from all future travel on British Airways, Goodfellow added.

Snoop had been due to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday. That concert, Binning said, will be rescheduled but others set for the weekend will go on as planned.

A former associate of the Los Angeles gang the Crips, Snoop built his early career on recordings offering gritty details of gang life.