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Check out why US rapper Jah Rule denied entry to the UK

Check out why US rapper Jah Rule denied entry to the UK

Kofi Dekye Acquaye 3 months ago 0

Rapper Ja Rule, real name Jeffrey Bruce Atkins Sr., was scheduled to launch his Sunrise tour in Britain on Friday at the Utilita Arena in the city but was denied entry into the UK.

The tour was supposed to begin in Cardiff and proceed to London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, and Liverpool from there. The 47-year-old said his criminal record was the reason behind the refusal.

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Best known for hits such as Always On Tie, featuring Ashanti, and Thug Lovin’, he wrote on social media: “I’m so devastated – I can’t believe the UK won’t let me in.

“I have paid for this tour with half a million of my funds, but days before my performances, I was told I could not enter. “This is not fair to me or my fans – these venues are 85% sold out and now I can’t come.”

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Ja Rule, who served two years in prison for gun possession and tax evasion before being released in May 2013, continued, saying, “The UK is one of the few European countries that restricts entry to people with criminal records.”

“An email will be sent to all customers for the event once we receive confirmed information,” was the response from the website’s customer service team to a fan who tweeted the company about refunds.

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“If you have been convicted of a crime punishable by 23 months or more under British law, or if you have served more than 12 months in prison, you will likely be denied entry,” the statement reads.

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