Bo Wilson and Matheus Sanchez, Evening Standard (London), April 27, 2006
A mini-riot erupted at Heathrow airport after rapper Snoop Dogg and a 30-strong entourage clashed with police in a departure lounge.
The men — mostly minders — apparently turned violent after being refused entry to a first-class lounge, smashing up a duty free shop, throwing bottles and attacking officers.
It took riot police over an hour to arrest the “20-stone men”, who were then led out in handcuffs, with one shouting: “This is how it goes down in LA.”
Witnesses believe the group, who were travelling from the US to South Africa, were refused entry to the British Airways lounge as only a few had first-class tickets. It is thought they became abusive towards staff and were turned away from their flight, running riot when police tried to guide them out of the airport.
Six men, including the 34-year-old American rapper, were arrested. A Heathrow worker, who took photos from his mobile phone, said: “There were all these huge, 20-stone men smashing up display cabinets and throwing people around. I saw Snoop Dogg on the ground, with four riot police trying to put him in handcuffs. His minders were throwing bottles at people.
“There were 15 riot vans and eight police cars outside, with dog sniffer units. They were throwing the policemen around like pillows. Then the police used pepper spray on them.”
The row is thought to have been witnessed by Ronan Keating, who was in the Terminal 1 lounge.
Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, is a former drug dealer and gang member. He comes from one of LA’s most notorious areas and has been accused of several crimes during his life — including murder, although he was acquitted.
Six men were arrested for violent disorder and affray.