Nigella Lawson denied entry into America over cocaine confession
Turned away … Nigella Lawson was barred entry onto a Los Angeles-bound flight over her drug confession. Source: AFP
NIGELLA Lawson has been stopped from boarding a flight from London to the US because of her courtroom confession that she used cocaine.
Nigella Lawson, 54, confessed last year to using the drug seven times and to smoking cannabis in front of her children.
The confession came when she gave evidence during a high-profile trial of her former housekeeper who was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Lawson and her former husband Charles Saatchi.
Nigella Lawson and Saatchi endured a very public divorce last year that came after Saatchi was photographed holding her by the throat at a restaurant.
Domestic Goddess … Nigella Lawson speaks about the traumatic end of her marriage to Charles Saatchi on a UK talk show. Source: Supplied
The self-styled Domestic Goddess was flying to Los Angeles today — where she is building on her television career as a judge on the show The Taste — when she was told she could not board her plane.
The Daily Mail reported that she cleared check-in and security before being turned away from the flight.
“She didn’t seem to say much, but she did not look happy. She could not get on the flight so she had to turn around and leave,” an onlooker told the paper.
Nigella Lawson was never charged by Scotland Yard over her drug confession. However, the US can deny travel to foreigners who have committed offences without being charged.
Nigella Lawson is now expected to engage legal help to have her ban lifted.
Nigella Lawson was allowed entry to the US on New Year’s Day to film an interview for her show The Taste just weeks after her drugs confession.
Immigration lawyer Steven Heller told the Daily Mail her celebrity status may have counted against her.
“I strongly doubt that if someone who was not particularly notable made an admission in court proceedings about past drug use, it would come up,’ he said.