Snoop Dogg pleaded not guilty in court to a felony charge of possessing a dangerous weapon. If convicted, the rapper faces up to three years in prison. His attorney, Donald Etra, entered the plea on his behalf.
Snoop tried to board a plane at John Wayne Airport while carrying a 20-inch collapsible baton in a computer bag which happens to be illegal in California.
"The reason we're pursuing this as a felony is because of Mr. Broadus's criminal history, and his apparent and continued disregard for the law," said Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman.
"Snoop's not guilty plea says it all," Etra told People. "The item he's charged with was a movie prop, not a weapon. Snoop never intended it to be used as anything other than a prop."