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Snoop Dogg a 'misogynist wretch', says Derry judge

The controversial US rapper Snoop Dogg, who performed at a concert at Ebrington Square in Londonderry last year, was yesterday described as "a misogynist wretch" by the city's District Judge.

Barney McElholm made the comment at the Magistrate's Court in the case of Simone Campbell, 18, from Edenmore Street in the Rosemount area of the city.

Campbell pleaded guilty to committing three public order offences as she walked along Limavady Road last October 23 after she'd attended the Snoop Dogg concert in nearby Ebrington Square. She had consumed eight glasses of wine and a quantity of rum before she punched a police officer on the right ear, resisted arrest and committed disorderly behaviour.

Imposing a twelve month probation on Campbell, Mr. McElholm said "why any woman would want to go to a concert to listen to this misogynist wretch escapes me. Why he was allowed into the country in the first place, well that is another matter. Despite the bad behaviour espoused by his lyrics, there was no excuse for this".

Snoop Dogg's concert in Derry was not without controversy. The Foyle Women's Aid organisation called for it to be cancelled.

The organisation's spokesperson at the time said "His lyrics are demeaning and they objectify women and he has a history with drugs".

Snoop Dogg, who has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, was refused a work visa in 2007 to allow him to tour the U.K. following his arrest on suspicion of drugs offences.

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