One of the contestants due to enter the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house tonight (28 July) has been pulled from the line-up due to visa issues relating to her criminal record.
‘Bounty Hunter’ star Beth Chapman was expected to be among the famous faces on the new series of the Channel 5 reality show, but she will now not appear after being denied a visa to enter the UK.
The Sun has reported that it is to do with her criminal record, which is believed to date back to the late 1980s, when she was jailed for stealing lemons from a shop.
Beth also had a brush with the law in 2013, when she had a run-in with a group of teens in a Colorado park, and a warrant was issued for her arrest, citing misdemeanour harassment.
A teenage girl made a complaint about the star after she was rude to her, after Beth claimed she was driving too fast and too close to her and her children.
In Colorado, it is deemed to be a criminal act to taunt, challenge or use “coarse language” against another.
Beth’s husband and fellow ‘Bounty Hunter’ co-star Duane was due to enter the ‘CBB’ house in 2012, but was also forced to pull out when his criminal record meant he could not obtain a visa.
He served 18 months in prison back in the mid 1970s for his involvement in a Texas murder.
While Beth will not be part of this year’s line-up, others strongly rumoured to be entering the house include ‘Loose Women’ star Saira Khan, former ‘EastEnders’ actor Ricky Norwood, former page 3 model Samantha Fox, ‘X Factor’ contestant Katie Waissel, ‘Geordie Shore’ star Marnie Simpson, Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano, US singer and model Aubrey O’Day and ‘X Factor’ wannabe-turned-millionaire-business tycoon Chloe Khan.
‘TOWIE’ regular Lewis Bloor, national treasure Christopher Biggins, Arianna Grande’s brother Frankie, Anthea Turner’s ex-husband Grant Bovey and ‘Ex On The Beach’ hunk and Vicky Pattison’s ex, Stephen Bear, are also on the list of potential housemates.
‘Celebrity Big Brother’ begins on tonight (28 July) at 9pm on Channel 5.