British author denied entry to the US

dandyintheunderworld.jpgBritish author Sebastian Horsley, whose book Dandy in the Underworld, was denied entry into the United States after arriving to promote the Harper Collins US publication of his hit British book.

Seems like this is straight outta the 1920’s when the US government banned James Joyce’s Ulysses. What is it they say, the more we change the more it stays the same? Anyway, in terms of PR, however, Horley hit it big time. I hadn’t ever heard of this book until I came across the article on CNN. Now, though, I’m intrigued enough to go out and pick up a copy of it.

The book recounts Horely’s life of “sex, drugs and finely tailored clothes.”

Horsley said he was questioned for eight hours Tuesday by border officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey before being denied entry on grounds of “moral turpitude.”

The 45-year-old author was traveling to New York for the U.S. launch of “Dandy in the Underworld,” his account of a life dedicated to sex, drugs and finely tailored clothes.

“I was dressed flamboyantly — top hat, long velvet coat, gloves,” Horsley said. “My one concession to American sensibilities was to remove my nail polish. I thought that would get me through.”

According to Lucille Cirillo, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Horsley was traveling under the CBP’s visa waiver program, which entitles citizens of some countries — mostly in the European Union — to enter the United States for business or leisure without applying for a visa. Travelers can be refused entry if they admit on a customs form to being convicted of a crime or to being addicted to narcotics, Cirillo said.

She declined to specify what responses Horsley listed on the form.

“They knew more about me than I did,” Horsley said Thursday in an interview from his London home. “They said, ‘We know you’re a heroin addict, we know you’re a crack addict, we know you’re involved in prostitution.'”

Horsley’s book — billed as an “unauthorized autobiography” — vividly recounts years of heavy drug use and frequent visits to prostitutes. He says he has been drug-free for three years.

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