UPDATED with Charlie Heaton statement: Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton is speaking out nine days after he was denied entry to the U.S. and missed the Netflix series’ Season 2 premiere party because traces of cocaine were found in his luggage.
Heaton released a statement today about the October 21 incident, when he was stopped at LAX upon landing and sent back to the UK:
“My planned travel to the U.S. last week was affected by an issue at U.S. immigration, and I am working to rectify it as soon as possible. I do want to clarify that I was not arrested or charged with a crime, and cooperated fully with the U.S. officials at LAX. I’m sorry to all the fans and my Stranger Things family for missing the premiere. We are all so proud of this season and I would never want this story to negatively impact the show.”
On Friday, UK tabloid The Sun claimed the 23-year-old actor, who plays Jonathon Byers on the series, was caught by drug-sniffing dogs at the L.A. airport. Border officials then allegedly found traces of white powder on his personal items. The Sun cited an anonymous source who claimed there was a “very small amount” of what was confirmed to be cocaine.
Heaton was sent back to the UK, forcing him to miss Thursday’s Stranger Things Season 2 premiere Thursday. He was not arrested, according to the newspaper, but was detained at the airport and then put back on a plane to London.