UK Won't Let Martha Visit

Brits refuse to issue a visa for the domestic diva (and felon)
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2008 10:21 PM CDT
Martha Stewart in Kazakhstan last year. The Kazakh authorities were unfazed by her felony conviction but the British regard her as a potential danger.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Domestic diva Martha Stewart has been refused entry into the United Kingdom because of her felony conviction, the Daily Telegraph reports. She planned a business trip this month to meet with leading figures in the fashion and design worlds and to speak at the Royal Academy, but Britain refused to grant her a visa. Stewart served five months in prison for lying to investigators about some shady stock transactions.

"Martha loves England and hopes this can be resolved and that she will be able to visit soon," a spokesman said. An unnamed British official called the decision "an own goal," using a soccer metaphor. "It is a bit silly given some of the other people allowed into the country," he admitted.