Celebrity Big Brother 2012: Duane "Dog" Chapman denied entry to UK!

Dog The Bounty Hunter (Duane Chapman)

Potential Celebrity Big Brother housemate Duane "Dog" Chapman has been denied entry into the UK this week.

The American reality star had his UK visa rejected by the UK Border Force, who cited a previous murder conviction and "lack of information" about his stay.

Big Brother production company Endemol had sponsored Dog, who made a name for himself as a bounty hunter, stating that they wanted him for Celebrity Big Brother "due to his public interest in his lifestyle and celebrity personality."

The 59-year-old spent 18 months in prison in the 1970s for murder, although had nothing to do with the crime itself. Simply by being present at the scene was enough to convict him.

"It's something that follows you the rest of your life, no matter who you become or who you are," he said. "I'm not proud of it."

He explained:"In Texas in the '70s, if you were present, you were just as guilty."

Duane added: "It feels terrible. I'm dumbfounded. I can't believe it, after all these years, especially when we've been on television for the past nine years."

A spokesperson for the UK Border Agency said in a statement: "All visa applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions when applying to come to the UK. The UK Border Agency subjects all applications for visas to the same rigorous checks."

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