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Britain bars entry to Ja Rule

Britain has denied entry to the world-famous rapper, Ja Rule, after he was previously convicted of illegal possession of weapons.

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Bruce Atkins Sr, had planned to hold a series of concerts starting this Friday, in several cities such as London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Liverpool, the BBC reports.

The 47-year-old expressed his despair that he will not be able to go perform there, as fans have already bought tickets for the preview shows.

"I'm desperate, I can't believe that Great Britain is not letting me in! I spent half a million dollars of my own money to hold this tour, and I ended up getting banned just days before the concerts started. This is not at all fair to me and my fans, 85% of whom have already bought their tickets. Britain is one of the European countries which bans entry to people with a criminal past. This means that if you have committed a crime that would be punishable by 23 months in Britain, you will be banned from entering the country," said Ja Rule.

Ja Rule is an American musician, who is known for musical hits such as "Always On Time" and "Thug Lovin'" and the hit "I'm Real", which he has with various collaborators, eminent names of world showbiz, such as Ashanti's Jennifer Lopez.