Nigella Lawson could face a drugs test before she is granted permission to enter the US, according to reports.
The TV chef was reportedly barred from boarding a flight at to Los Angeles at the weekend, following her drugs confession in 2013 and now The Mirror is reporting that Nigella could have to prove she isn’t a current “drug abuser” in order to get a visa.
“One of the questions you have to answer is whether you have ever been convicted of an offence or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation relating to controlled substances,” Immigration lawyer Susan McFadden explained to the paper. “If you haven’t been arrested, you can tick no to that.
“It could very well be that someone in the customs and border protection has Googled a famous person standing before them,” she adds. “If they see that the person has admitted doing drugs, they may think that this person is still using drugs and is therefore classified as a drug abuser.”
Nigella admitted to previously taking cocaine and smoking marijuana while giving evidence against former assistants Francesca and Elisabeth Grillo in their fraud trial but Scotland Yard chose to not act over ‘The Taste’ judge’s confession.
A spokesperson for the US Embassy told The Guardian that Nigella has been invited to apply for a visa, stating: “There are several ways of legally travelling into the United States and Ms Lawson has been invited to come to the embassy and apply for a visa for travel to the US.