Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton has opened up about the reported drug possession that thwarted him last year.
The presence of cocaine inside of his luggage prevented him from attending the Netflix show’s season two premiere event in Los Angeles.
Heaton, a British citizen, was denied entry into the U.S. last October, USA Today reports.
Although he was not arrested and no charges were filed, customs officers at Los Angeles International Airport detected trace amounts of cocaine on the actor’s belongings after a routine inspection by a canine agent.
Heaton was sent back to London following the incident.
The actor says to Flaunt Magazine that the situation is “all sorted,” and that the public criticism he received as a result was “fucking awful.”
“Everything happened so fast, and I hadn’t come to terms with the fact that I was famous. When something steps in from the work you are doing and breaks into your personal life… you feel kind of vulnerable. All of a sudden it becomes a very big story and it gets really blown out of proportion.”
Journalists went as far as to show up on his parents’ home in Yorkshire, England to bombard them with questions about their son.
Heaton released an official statement at the time of the incident claiming that he was “sorry to all the fans and my Stranger Things family for missing the premiere.”
He is expected to return to his Jonathan Byers character for the pending third season of Stranger Things.
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