'Dog' Chapman denied UK visa because of conviction

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FILE - This Jan. 10, 2006 file photo shows bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman star of the Hawaii-based reality show, "Dog the Bounty Hunter," on Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu. Chapman has his bags packed for London, but a murder conviction from the late 1970s is keeping him out of the United Kingdom. He was to appear on another reality show, "Celebrity Big Brother," but he has been denied a visa. "It's something that follows you the rest of your life, no matter who you become or who you are," Chapman, 59, said Monday from Honolulu, where he lives. "I'm not proud of it." (AP Photo/Lucy Pemoni, file)
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HONOLULU (AP) — Duane "Dog" Chapman has his bags packed for London, but a murder conviction from the late 1970s is keeping him out of the United Kingdom.

The reality television star from the show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" says has was scheduled to appear on "Celebrity Big Brother" there but was denied a visa.

The denial is based on his 1977 murder conviction in Texas. He said Monday from his home in Honolulu he was found guilty of murder even though his role in the crime was being outside when a friend got into an argument with a marijuana dealer. He was paroled after 18 months of his five-year sentence.

While Chapman acknowledges he shouldn't have been there, he's frustrated that it's keeping him from visiting his fans in the UK.

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