Rob Ford's saga: 7 other celebrity border problem cases

CBC News Last Updated: May 6, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who is on a leave of absence for substance abuse treatment, withdrew his request to enter the U.S. after landing in Chicago.

But Ford isn’t the first high-profile personality to have border issues.


Martha Stewart

Lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who had served five months in a West Virginia prison for lying about a stock sale, was denied entry to Britain in 2008.

Although officials wouldn’t comment on her specific case, a U.K. border spokesman said at the time that they opposed entry of individuals who “have been found guilty of serious criminal offences abroad." [Chip East/Reuters]

The Beatles

In 1965, the Beatles were set to perform in Israel, but government officials refused to grant the necessary permits, fearing the band could corrupt the morals of Israeli youth, The Associated Press reported. In 2008, Israel’s ambassador to London apologized for the snub. [Associated Press]


Amy Winehouse

In 2008, British singer Amy Winehouse, who had a marijuana arrest and well-publicized problems with alcohol and drugs, was refused a visa to perform at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. [Juan Medina/Reuters]

George Galloway

Former British MP George Galloway was prevented from entering Canada in 2009 after the federal government accused him of supporting terrorism. He was later admitted into the country after a Federal Court ruled the government's decision was a “flawed and overreaching interpretation of the standards under Canadian law.” [Mike Cassese/Reuters]


Nigella Lawson

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who admitted during a December 2013 fraud trial in a British court to having used cocaine in the past, was denied permission to board a flight to the United States in April. [Stefan Wermuth/Reuters]

Chris Brown

American singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his then girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, was denied entry to Britain in 2010. Brown had been set to perform a series of concerts. Officials cited ‘public safety’ as their reason for denying him entry. [Steve Marcus/Reuters]

Farley Mowat

In 1985, Canadian author Farley Mowat, who was set to begin a promotional tour of his new book, was barred from entering the U.S. Mowat had been placed in the U.S “lookout book” by immigration officials. [Peter Jones/Reuters]