Lil Wayne won’t be able to enjoy English strawberries this weekend after border officials denied him access to the UK.
Lil Wayne was set to perform in the country for the first time in several years on Saturday at the Strawberries and Creem Festival in Cambridge, but his application for admission was denied. On stage, Ludacris will immediately take his place.
“We are extremely sorry to inform you that Lil Wayne is no longer able to perform at the festival due to extreme circumstances beyond our control or influence,” festival organizers stated in a statement on their website.
“In a last-minute decision, the Home Office has denied Lil Wayne entrance to the United Kingdom.” We are profoundly upset by this hasty and unfavorable decision.”
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Lil Wayne was contacted by the BBC for comment. The UK Home Office declined to comment on specific cases but has stated that applications for those sentenced to a year or longer in custody were denied.
Following his arrest in 2007 after a gun was discovered on his tour bus, Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to gun possession. He was facing a long prison sentence after another gun was discovered on his private plane, but Donald Trump granted him a pardon on his last day as US president.