6 celebs you didn't know were banned from the UK
Celebrities are a strange bunch. I mean, there's their ever-growing bank accounts, movie-star good looks, and of course, the fact that they're beloved by millions of people who are strangers to them. However, in some respects, they're quite similar to us ordinary folk. Sure, they experience love, loss and heartbreak like everyone else - but they're also not immune to the letter of the law.
Numerous A-listers have been arrested, or otherwise been reprimanded by law enforcement. And some have even been banned from entire countries, including our own little island... Here are six of them.
1. Snoop Dog
Back in 2006, a fight broke out in Heathrow Airport between British Airways staff and Snoop Dogg's crew after they denied him entry to the first-class lounge. The incident resulted in the 46-year-old being arrested, and he was denied a travel visa to the UK the year after. In fact, he was only allowed back four years later, in 2010.
2. Martha Stewart
The domestic goddess was prohibited from entering the UK in 2004. This came after she had served five months in prison after being found guilty of lying to investigators about whether she and her stockbroker had engaged in insider training. The UK border and Immigration Agency released a statement asserting that the Home Office "continues to oppose" entry to the UK for those who have been convicted for "serious criminal offences abroad", according to the Independent.
3. Chris Brown
The rapper was forced to postpone his 2010 UK tour after being denied a visa to enter the country. At the time, he had just been sentenced to a community service order in the US for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, in February of 2009.
4. Tyler, The Creator
Back in 2015, Tyler took to Twitter to assert that he was banned from the UK for "three to five years" over the nature of his lyrics. "BASED ON LYRICS FROM 2009 I AM NOT ALLOWED IN THE UK FOR 3-5 YEARS ( although i was there 8 weeks ago) THAT IS WHY THE SHOWS WERE CANCELLED," he wrote.
The 27-year-old's manager, Christian Clancy, later explained the situation on Twitter, writing "Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the Secretary of State for the Home Department of the United Kingdom. The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago for his albums bastard and goblin – the type of lyrics he hasn’t written since … highlights from the letter include that his work “encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality” and “fosters hatred with views that’s seek to provoke others to terrorist acts."
5. Edward Snowden
The whistleblower, who leaked confidential US surveillance details, was denied access to the UK in 2013. The Associated Press reported that the British government had told airlines to prohibit the ex-CIA employee from flying to the country - asserting that airports had been provided with documents including a photograph of Snowden, his date of birth and passport number. The document allegedly read, "If this individual attempts to travel to the UK: Carriers should deny boarding."
6. Busta Rhymes
The rapper's promoter issued a statement in 2008 that said that Busta Rhymes was stopped at immigration in the UK because of "unresolved convictions".
Well, there you have it. Anyone else surprised to see Martha Stewart on this list?