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Will Cheryl Cole's assault conviction prevent her from getting a green card and becoming U.S. X Factor judge?

Cheryl Cole’s American dream may be scuppered – as a result of an assault conviction seven years ago.

The Daily Mail told yesterday how Mrs Cole had landed a place on the judging panel of the U.S. version of the X Factor in a deal worth up to £3million.

However, now Mrs Cole’s American dream may be jeopardised by her conviction for assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) in 2003.

U.S. law states that all convictions - indeed, all arrests - have to be disclosed on visa application forms.

Some less serious offences may not affect work visas.

However, according to Susan McFadden - a partner with Gudeon and McFadden law firm who specialise in U.S. visa and immigration - in more serious cases an appeal to the U.S. authorities may be necessary.

‘If the conviction is for something that triggers ineligibility the person would have to appeal for a waive,' she said.

Miss McFadden added that her firm had been instructed by the U.S. embassy that with regards to more serious crimes it would depend on ‘facts regarding the conviction' before a decision is made.

However, she said this can lead to 'permanently ineligibility' from being allowed a U.S. work visa in certain cases.

Mrs Cole attacked Sophie Amogbokpa, a toilet attendant, at Drink nightclub in Guildford, Surrey in January 2003.

In October that year, Mrs Cole was found guilty as assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

At the time, Mrs Cole – who had been catapulted to stardom the previous December after her band Girls Aloud emerged from TV show Popstars: The Rivals - was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid community service.

She was also ordered to Miss Amogbokpa £500 compensation and prosecution costs of £3,000.

Mrs Cole – who was 19 at the time - punched Miss Amogbokpa after she tried to stop the singer taking some lollipops.

Despite the shame, Mrs Cole’s career has since gone from strength to strength.

As well as achieving huge success with Girls Aloud, last year she launched a solo music career. She has since secured two No1 albums on her own.

She has also been a hugely successful judge on the X Factor.

As we said yesterday, on Saturday night Mrs Cole was officially offered the job as a judge on the US edition of the talent show.

The singer had already been in discussions to launch her music career in the U.S. next spring.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/art...z16rBQ9ilK
Why on earth they'd want her working on the show anyway is beyond me. She is useless, and very over-rated in my opinion.
(12-01-2010 12:09 PM)forwardone Wrote: [ -> ]Why on earth they'd want her working on the show anyway is beyond me. She is useless, and very over-rated in my opinion.

I agree with this guy!!Icon_idea
Cheryl Cole 'dropped' from US X Factor

Cheryl Cole's American adventure appears to be over only weeks after it began with reports that the singer has been dropped from the US version of The X Factor.

The 27-year-old singer's place on the show - which debuts in September - is likely to be taken by ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, according to reports.

Celebrity website TMZ said Cole was dropped from the judging panel because producers feared the American audience would not understand her Geordie accent.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people...89226.html
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