Hasn't this woman been through enough already? TV food show host Nigella Lawson was barred from a flight to the US possibly because of a drug confession. Last December in court she confessed to snorting cocaine seven times and smoking cannabis in front of her children. Now that's being held against her, and it's put an entire TV show in a lurch. According to a photo Lawson posted on Twitter, she was headed to Los Angeles for a vacation. But she also needs to travel there for the cooking competition show, The Taste, where she is a judge.
My first thought is, They can do that?!? It's not like Lawson was convicted of drug trafficking -- or even possession. She's not a felon. But apparently the U.S. can bar a foreigner from entry because of a drug offense even if charges were never pressed. A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wouldn't comment specifically on Lawson's case, but says:
In general, an alien found inadmissible will need a waiver of inadmissibility. Depending on the basis of their refusal they may be eligible to apply in advance of travel for a temporary waiver of inadmissibility. The waiver application process can be lengthy.
So that's great -- it could take Lawson months. I wonder if someone is just trying to make an example of her? It seems so random. Of all people! It's not like Lawson flaunted her drug use or condoned it. She was humiliated. It just seems so petty.
And it's especially obnoxious considering how much she works here. The last season of The Taste aired in February, so wasn't she just here? I know doing drugs doesn't make you look like mother of the year. It was definitely unwise of her, and I'm sure she regrets it. But seriously, this is absurd. She should be allowed to fly here.
Do you think security was right to bar Nigella Lawson from coming to the U.S.?
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