denied visa to U.K.
Martha Stewart has been denied visa by the British embassy to
enter the U.K., due to her 2004 felony conviction, it was
reported today. "She has engagements with English companies
and business leaders and hopes this can be resolved so that she
will be able to visit soon," Charles Koppelman, chairman of
her company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, said in a released
statement. The U.K. denied visa to the homemaker due to her 2004
conviction for lying to investigators about a share sale. Martha
Stewart spent 5 months in prison and 5 months of house arrest,
after found guilty of conspiracy, making false statements and
obstruction of agency proceedings, stemming from her sale of
stock in biotech company ImClone Systems Inc. on December 27,
2001. "We continue to oppose the entry to the UK of
individuals where we believe their presence in the United
Kingdom is not conducive to the public good or where they have
been found guilty of serious criminal offenses abroad,"
spokesman for Britain's Home Office said, adding that the UK
Border Agency has a policy of not discussing individual cases.