Oh, no! But it was so long ago!
Cheryl Cole has reportedly accepted a position on the judging panel for the U.S. version of X Factor, but she may have trouble smoothly transitioning stateside due to an assault occasioning actual bodily harm conviction she has against her from back in 2003!
The arrest in question happened when Chezza was 19 and beginning her career with Girls Aloud. She was at a club in Surrey, and punched Sophie Amogbokpa when the bathroom attendant tried to stop the singer from taking a lollipop. She was then sentenced to 120 unpaid hours of community service!
However, U.S. law forces all visa applicants to disclose any convictions that they might have on their application forms, and in more serious cases, they must be appealed by authorities!
Visa and Immigration Lawyer Susan McFadden explains:
‘If the conviction is for something that triggers ineligibility the person would have to appeal for a waive.'
We seriously doubt that something as minor as a bathroom fight in a nightclub from over seven years ago will affect her work visa, but you never know!
Poor Chezza needs a break after the year that she's had, so we've got our fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly for her!
Hang in there, bb!
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