Nigella Lawson Granted Special New Zealand Visa After U.S. Travel Ban

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April 21, 2014 | 7:25am EST

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has been granted a special visa allowing her entry to New Zealand after she was banned from traveling to the U.S. following her cocaine confession in court.
The British TV star was stopped from boarding a plane to the U.S. last month and reports suggested the travel ban was linked to her drug admission during a high-profile court case last year.
She faced a similar ban in New Zealand, where she is due to shoot an advert for a chocolate brand, but now officials have confirmed they have issued a special visa allowing her to enter the country.
A statement from a spokesperson for Immigration New Zealand reads, “As she has been excluded from another country, the United States, she was ineligible to be granted a visa to enter New Zealand unless given a special direction.
“A special direction was granted and her visa application was approved.”
The drug admission came during a fraud case against Lawson’s two former aides, who were cleared of racking up huge debts on her and ex-husband Charles Saatchi’s credit cards. Police in England declined to launch a further investigation into Lawson’s drug use and decided not to file charges.