There is speculation that a previous assault charge could prevent Cheryl Cole from getting a US green card
Yesterday we told of how the star had reportedly landed a £3million deal to help launch the popular TV talent show in the States.
But now it appears that the judge may not be able to join Simon Stateside, thanks to her conviction for assault seven years ago.
The Girl Aloud was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm back in 2003, following that infamous incident with a toilet attendant.
The then 19-year-old Cheryl Tweedy was charged with punching Sophie Amogbokpa in the face at Drinks nightclub in Surrey, and found guilty at Kingston Crown Court in October that year.
It was thought that the altercation took place after the attendant refused to give the singer a lollipop.
Having just catapulted to stardom following her success in Popstars The Rivals, a newly famous Cheryl was sentenced to 120 hours of community service, and ordered to give Ms Amogbokpa £500 compensation.
US law states that all previous convictions must be disclosed on visa application forms, but it is not yet known whether Cheryl’s charge is serious enough to affect her work visa.
Simon Cowell is expected to officially announce the US X Factor line-up later this month, so it will be interesting to see if Cheryl makes the cut.
Watch this space!
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