Busta Rhymes has been detained at a British airport after authorities refused to let him enter the country due to “unresolved convictions,” according to the BBC.
The New York rapper is scheduled to perform Friday at a charity event in the country. Immigration officials, however, attempted to return Busta to the states as soon as possible. The rowdy MC was instructed to board a flight heading to Amsterdam immediately.
The rapper’s lawyer was able to file an injunction, though, that will keep the rapper in England for the time being. Immigration officials are debating whether or not to admit Busta into the country. His criminal record is being held against him.
“We are selective about who we let into the UK and will oppose this entry to the UK of people who have been found guilty of serious criminal offenses abroad,” a spokesperson for the Immigration Department told the BBC. “It’s important that people play by the rules and earn the right to stay.”
Ludacris and John Legend are also scheduled to perform at the same event at Busta Rhymes. The Orange RockCorps show in London is set to celebrate 5,000 fans who obtained tickets by doing volunteer work. Busta was among those in the UK who helped to kick off the event in August.
“He has the necessary work-permit and has been in the country twice already this year, so we’re a little puzzled that a question mark is now being placed over his ability to enter the country to perform to volunteers,” Stephen Greene, co-founder of RockCrops, told the BBC.
Earlier this year Busta plead guilty to assaulting his former driver. In March he was sentenced to three years probation, 10 days of community service and ordered to pay several fines and court fees. He was also ordered to take anger management classes.—Anthony Thomas