Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton deported from US after 'cocaine bust'
With Halloween just around the corner, and everybody's favorite 80s-inspired series back for its second season on Netflix, it seems that the whole internet is caught up in the Stranger Things hype. However, not all the publicity has come from news of the upside down; some of it is happening in real life.
Just over a week ago, Finn Wolfhard publicly shamed his former agent, Tyler Grasham, after it transpired that the man had committed several offences of assault. The 14-year-old, who plays Mike Wheeler on the hit show, fired Grasham in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. This generated mass support for the young star across social media, and set an excellent example for others in Hollywood.
Unfortunately, not all the stories surrounding the show have been positive ones.
Most recently, Charlie Heaton, better known as Stranger Things' Jonathan Byers, was denied entry to the US last week after he was found with traces of cocaine upon his person.
The British actor had flown in to LAX from London to attend the season two premier, but was stopped by border officials at the airport after sniffer dogs detected something suspicious. When searched, Heaton was found to have a "very small amount" of white powder on him, which tested positively for the class A drug.
Law enforcement confirmed that Heaton admitted the cocaine was his, and that he had previously consumed some.
After it was determined that there was only enough powder for personal use rather than distribution, however, the 23-year-old was forced to return to the UK rather than being charged in the US.
“He was not arrested,” a source told the Sun newspaper. “He was held at the airport for a while and then put back on a plane to London that night.
"If you are a foreign national and it is a large amount of drugs you may be charged. But if it is personal use, the consequences are that you will not be allowed in to the country. US law is very strict on this."
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for the US Customs and Border Protection verified what had happened: "Foreign nationals may be inadmissible due to the commission of a crime involving drug possession," they said. "CBP officers treat all international travellers with integrity, respect and professionalism while keeping the highest standards of security."
Heaton himself has yet to make a statement on his actions, and a spokesperson for the actor refused to give a comment. Netflix has also been silent on the matter, and would neither confirm nor deny whether Heaton would be permitted to return for future seasons of Stranger Things.
Despite this, Stranger Things 2 is still drawing a great deal of attention - even though it's only been available to watch for a couple of days. Don't worry, you won't find any spoilers here; but, if you're a real keen bean for the show, here's 12 movies that inspired the Netflix hit.