The “Stranger Things” star who was forced to leave the United States due to alleged drug possession now describes the experience as “just awful.”
Charlie Heaton, 24, was detained at the Los Angeles International Airport last October and sent back to London after traces of cocaine were discovered in his luggage, The Hollywood Reporter stated at the time.
The incident caused Heaton, who plays Johnathan Byers on the Netflix popular series, to miss the show’s Season 2 premiere.
“It was f–king awful. It was just awful,” Heaton said in a new wide-ranging interview with Flaunt magazine.
“It was hard. Everything happened so fast, and I hadn’t come to terms with the fact that I was famous,” he explained. “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.”
Heaton wasn’t arrested, and he says he’ll be able to make it back to the United States next month to begin production for Season 3.
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His family was forced to deal with the aftermath of the incident, as reporters went to his parents’ home in Yorkshire, England.
A premiere date has not been announced for the third season of “Stranger Things,” which has faced controversy in recent days after a pair of female staff members complained about the environment on set.
Crew member Peyton Brown wrote in an Instagram post that two men in power were verbally abusive toward “multiple women” who worked on the series. She later wrote in the comments section that she was referring to the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, but has since removed all comments on the post.
Netflix released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter saying it had looked into Brown’s claim and found “no wrongdoing,” while the Duffer brothers also described Brown’s accusation as “mischaracterized.”
Former script supervisor Lori Grabowski, however, wrote in her own Instagram post that she experienced similar issues on set.
“I am one of those women Peyton referenced,” she wrote. “It was very real not only to me, but other women on the set that also want to share their story.”