The rapper Snoop Dogg has been arrested after a disturbance at Heathrow airport in which seven police officers were hurt.
The US star was detained after a row broke out when his 30-strong entourage was refused entry to the British Airways first-class lounge at Terminal 1.
His party is alleged to have then moved to a duty-free shop, thrown bottles of whisky to the floor and argued with staff.
Police were called and were escorting the group away from the scene when a further disturbance broke out, Scotland Yard said. Seven officers received minor injuries – mainly cuts and bruises – and one suffered a fracture to the hand.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The party was told that they would not be permitted to board their flight and officers then attempted to direct the group to baggage reclaim. A number of the group became abusive and pushed officers.”
Six men in their 30s, including Snoop Dogg, 34, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and affray. The spokesman said they were taken to two west London police stations.
The rapper had been due to board a flight to Johannesburg before the row broke out.
Snoop Dogg grew up in Long Beach, California and ended up on the wrong side of the law. In 1993 he was tried and acquitted for murder – the same year he found fame with debut album Doggystyle.
Since then he has become a movie star, appearing in the Starsky and Hutch remake, and has even been invited to speak at the Oxford Union.