Poor, British Sebastian Horsley! The British author, who has written an “eyebrow-raising” memoir detailing a life of rampant drug use and voluminous encounters with prostitutes called Dandy in the Underworld, was turned back at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday as he tried to enter the United States for his book party and New York media tour, according to the New York Times. Our city is not being so forgiving to those promiscuous folks these days…
Mr. Horsley, whose memoir, “Dandy in the Underworld,” was published last week in paperback by Harper Perennial, a unit of HarperCollins, said he was detained by United States customs authorities for eight hours and questioned about his former drug addiction, use of prostitutes and activity as a male escort.
“I’m absolutely shattered and upset and gutted about not being able to come to America,” Mr. Horsley said in a telephone interview from London, where he had returned on Wednesday. “I was very much looking forward to meeting everybody.”
Lucille Cirillo, a spokeswoman for the New York office of United States Customs and Border Protection, said she could not comment on specific cases. But in an e-mail message, she said that under a waiver program that allows British citizens to enter the United States without a visa, “travelers who have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude (which includes controlled-substance violations) or admit to previously having a drug addiction are not admissible.”