IMMIGRATION officials will today investigate whether American rap crew D12 was unduly lectured on appropriate behaviour before being allowed into the country.
The Detroit rap group, linked to rap music supremo Eminem, perform in Melbourne tonight.
They arrived in Perth on Saturday for their Australian tour, but were only allowed to enter after officials told them how they should behave.
The Sunday Herald Sun said the group were told by an immigration staff member they could only enter if they obeyed certain behaviour codes.
Eminem has since accused the Federal Government of taking Australia back to the dark ages by reading the riot act to his rap crew members.
A Department of Immigration spokeswoman said yesterday it was difficult to comment, but that the allegations would be duly investigated.
"We need to find out all the details about the allegations before we can comment on the issue," the spokeswoman said.
She confirmed Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone had been made aware of the issue.
"The Minister has been made aware of it, but being a weekend we don't have the information on hand to be able to make an official comment," the spokeswoman said.
"But if anyone believes they have been unduly lectured, then we take those allegations seriously and will investigate."
The spokeswoman said anyone entering Australia on an entertainment visa was asked to disclose standard information to help ascertain an entertainer's identity.
"When people seek an entertainment visa, there are certain questions that are asked as part of a character check for identification purposes," the spokeswoman said.
She said questions included a person's name, date of birth, address and their occupation.
The controversial rap group, formed in the late 1990s by a group of six friends from Detroit, have had worldwide success with songs such as Purple Pills and Fight Music.
Members of the musical outfit include Eminem, Bizarre, Proof, Kon Artist, Swift and Kuniva, but each member also has an alter ego, hence the name the Dirty Dozen (D12).
On Saturday, D12 were in Perth and tonight will perform at Festival Hall in Melbourne before heading to Sydney, Brisbane and New Zealand.
Source: Herald Sun