Wesley Snipes may still have a hangover from a party he went to in November.
Federal prosecutors are disinclined to allow the actor to travel overseas again for work after learning that, the last time he was allowed to do so, Snipes took a sojourn to the United Arab Emirates for the gala opening of the $1.5 billion Atlantis the Palm hotel in Dubai.
Snipes—who was sentenced to three years in prison for income-tax evasion but is free on a $1 million bond pending appeal—was photographed mixing it up with the other VIP guests, which included Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Charlize Theron and Janet Jackson.
Last summer, a judge signed off on trips to Vancouver, London and Bangkok to work on film projects, but Snipes' "unauthorized" stop in Dubai should preclude other trips, according to documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Ocala, Fla., by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill.
Snipes wants permission to go to Namibia to reshoot scenes for the horror film Gallowwalker and then to Torino, Italy, to shoot the action flick Game of Death.
"Defendant Snipes' assertion that he has 'lived up to the trust the court has shown in him' is incorrect,"O'Neill wrote in the filing. "Defendant Snipes abused the court's trust and did so in a very public way. For that reason alone, the court should deny his current request for international travel."
The prosecutor also stated that the southwest African nation of Namibia is a known haven for international fugitives—an assertion the defense could take offense to.
Snipes "has never presented and does not currently present a risk of flight," attorney Daniel Meachum wrote in the latest travel request filed on behalf of his client.
"It is essential that Mr. Snipes complete this project to satisfy his civil tax liabilities and provide for his family."
Snipes was convicted nearly a year ago of failing to file federal tax returns on at least $11 million in income earned between 1999 and 2001. He was ordered last August to reimburse the court for $217,363.75 in legal fees.