Nigella Lawson has been prevented from boarding a flight to Los Angeles due to her in-court admission to using cocaine and cannabis in the past.
The 54-year-old celebrity chef was stopped at Heathrow Airport and barred from boarding a British Airways flight on Sunday, the Daily Mail reports.
Lawson was able to check in and clear security but was stopped immediately prior to boarding the plane.
“She didn’t seem to say much, but she did not look happy. She could not get on the flight so she had to turn around and leave,” an onlooker told the Daily Mail.
During a court case last year, Lawson was forced to admit under oath that she had smoked cannabis in front of her children and used cocaine several times. She has since visited the States following the confession, but US authorities appear to have taken a tougher stance on the issue in recent weeks.
The ban puts Lawson’s career in the US at risk. She has only recently signed on as a judge to American show The Taste and is a popular personality amongst American viewers.
The foodie sex symbol has had a difficult 12 months, with her marriage to art dealer Charles Saatchi breaking down following domestic abuse allegations and her former personal assistants accused, and cleared, of fraud.
Last month, Lawson broke down on UK talk show Michael McIntyre Chat Show, saying that the trial and her divorce had left her feeling like “a layer of skin” had been removed.
“I’m not an innocent,” she told McIntyre. “I’ve had better times.”