Nigella Lawson denied entry to the US after cocaine admission

Nigella Lawson has been stopped from flying to the United States after she confessed to taking cocaine.

The 54-year-old TV cook was barred from boarding a flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles at the weekend.

At the trial of her and ex-husband Charles Saatchi’s personal assistants the self-styled ‘domestic goddess’ admitted taking the class A drug.

The mother-of-two told jurors that she took cocaine with her late husband John Diamond when he found out he had terminal cancer and in 2010 when she claimed she was being ‘subjected to intimate terrorism’ by Mr Saatchi.

An eyewitness told the Daily Mail that Nigella attempted to board a British Airways flight from London on March 30, but was turned away.

“She didn’t seem to say much, but she did not look happy,” the onlooker said. “She could not get on the flight so she had to turn around and leave.”

Police reviewed the allegations of drug use made during the trial, but Scotland Yard said no further action would be taken.

So while Nigella has not been convicted for any drug offence, it appears that US officials have still decided to deny her entrance to the country.

The US Department of Homeland Security told the Mail that foreigners who had admitted drug taking were deemed ‘inadmissible’.

However, Nigella has visited America since the sensational court appearance. The mother-of-two appeared on US TV show Good Morning America to promote her show The Taste, but also spoke at length about the trial of Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, who were acquitted.

The Grillos had been accused of fraudulently using company credit cards, spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on designer goods for themselves while working as personal assistants to the celebrity couple. But the Italian sisters claimed every purchase had been approved by their then-bosses and they were found not guilty after jurors deliberated for nine hours.

Nigella told Good Morning America said that having details of her acrimonious split from millionaire art dealer Mr Saatchi discussed in court under the glare of the world’s media was ‘mortifying’.


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