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While he’s been denied a visa to visit the UK in the past, his temporary worker visa application notes he has traveled outside the United States, including to Mexico, where he went to capture serial rapist and fugitive Andrew Luster in 2003.

Former Pampa Police Department Officer Charles Love, who was the responding officer in 1976, submitted a declaration saying that “Chapman’s role in the crime was minor,” and that he was a model inmate until he was granted early release.

Regardless of whether it will sway the U.K. government, Mr. Chapman said he has waited three decades for that statement, which he sees as vindication. “I’m so grateful for it,” he said, getting emotional. “I have been telling the truth.”

Britain’s Home Office said in a statement Tuesday it doesn’t comment on individual cases: “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.”

According to the U.K. Border Agency’s refusal notice provided by the Chapmans, the visa was denied because of the conviction and because his application didn’t include enough information about his visit.

Production company Endemol UK Limited submitted a letter saying it is sponsoring Mr. Chapman’s trip and that he was selected for the show “due to his public interest in his lifestyle and celebrity personality.”

Mr. Chapman is appealing the visa denial and hoping for a last-minute decision, even though the show was to start to this week.

His wife, Beth Chapman, called the denial “insulting” in light of his charity work. “For 30 years he’s lived with the X on his back,” she said. “Society just doesn’t let it go.”

A&E decided not to renew Mr. Chapman’s series after eight seasons. He said that while he works to get the show back on the air, he was relying on the U.K. show and the other gigs he lined up in London.

“I’ve got to make a living. It’s really stunned us financially,” he said.

Miley Cyrus in talks for ‘Two and a Half Men’ role

Miley Cyrus may be returning to the small screen.

The former “Hannah Montana” star is near a deal to be a guest star on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.”

The singer-actress, who debuted an edgy new haircut Monday, would play a love interest for Angus T. Jones’ Jake on the upcoming 10th season of the Chuck Lorre comedy. It was unclear whether Miss Cyrus’ deal would stretch beyond one episode.

The gig comes after the singer-songwriter segued into film with voice work on 2008’s “Bolt” and 2010’s “The Last Song,” with the actress also releasing her most recent studio album “Can’t Be Tamed” the same year.

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