Confusion reigns over ex-Happy Mondays dancer BEZ's aborted trip to America, following reports he was arrested at New York's JFK Airport for alleged drugs possession.

The NEW YORK POST reported on Wednesday (22OCT03) that the star - real name MARK BERRY - had been arrested last week (ends17OCT03), after being found in possession of liquid MDMA when travelling to the country for a movie screening.

However, reports in the British press today (24OCT03) suggest Bez had in fact just been turned back from the country due to his previous drugs convictions - which had caused problems for his old band Black Grape when they had tried to tour America.

The cult hero - who was due to play a DJ set at New York club DON HILL'S on Saturday (18OCT03) - is quoted as saying, "I turn up and I like to smoke spliff (marijuana), which is a totally peaceful past-time. And they refused access to their country."

24/10/2003 13:37