Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton has released a statement following news that he missed the show’s Season 2 premiere after being detained at an airport for cocaine possession.
Heaton, who plays Jonathan Byers in the hit Netflix show, was reportedly detained at Los Angeles’ LAX Airport last Thursday after allegedly being found to be in possession of cocaine.
The actor has released a statement clarifying that he was not arrested or charged with a crime.
“My planned travel to the U.S. last week was affected by an issue at U.S. immigration, and I am working to rectify it as soon as possible,” he told People.
The statement continued: “I do want to clarify that I was not arrested or charged with a crime, and co-operated fully with the U.S. officials at LAX. I’m sorry to all the fans and my Stranger Things family for missing the premiere. We are all so proud of this season and I would never want this story to negatively impact the show.”
Heaton was denied entry into the U.S. after trace amounts of cocaine were found in his luggage when he arrived in Los Angeles. The official said Friday that a customs canine sniffed Heaton’s luggage when he arrived at LAX last Saturday and officers found a small amount of cocaine.
The official said Heaton, a British citizen, was refused entry into the U.S. at the airport and returned to London. He wasn’t arrested and no charges were filed.
Season 2 of Stranger Things arrived on Netflix Oct. 27.
—With files from the Associated Press