Russell crows for buddy Dogg

Russell Crowe recently pleaded with Australian authorities to grant his "friend" Snoop Dogg entry into the country.

Russell Crowe recently pleaded with Australian authorities to grant his "friend" Snoop Dogg entry into the country.

The Gladiator star, who lives in Australia, sent a letter to the immigration department earlier this month arguing for the approval of the rapper's visa application.

Snoop Dogg - real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus - was initially denied entry in August last year because of his criminal record.

But Crowe, a friend of Snoop's for the last three years, maintained the hitmaker deserved to be allowed to bring his tour Down Under later this year.

He wrote: "I write this letter on behalf of a friend of mine ... I submit to you that Snoop Dogg poses no threat to Australia or to any individual in this country.

"He has toured here three times before without incident and there are no reasons to assume this tour will be anything but the positive experience the last three have been."

Crowe admitted there was a "selfish motivation" to his letter. Broadus had vowed to make an appearance at a charity event organised by the actor's South Sydney Rugby League Club.

He said: "Some of our first grade players will attend with him and he will deliver a positive message about rising through adversity, drawing on his own underprivileged background as an example." - Wenn

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