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Pop starlet gets deported from the United States

The Local · 19 Jan 2010, 14:22

Published: 19 Jan 2010 14:22 GMT+01:00

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Angered by her treatment by US police authorities, Weis told the Bild newspaper that she had been accused of lying upon her arrival. "The officers said I wanted to work for a German TV channel without a permit," she said. "But I just wanted to have a nice week at a friend's place in Miami."

Weis was forced to spend Saturday night in a police cell, before being put on a Lufthansa flight back to Germany on Sunday. "My nerves were shattered by the end of it. I was just crying all the time," she said.

"The treated me like a criminal. All my cell had was a bed, a sink and a toilet. I was only allowed to take my toothbrush in with me." But Weis also smuggled in her mobile phone in her underpants and took pictures of her cell.

Weis has already hired a lawyer to fight the accusations. "I'm not going to let the Americans treat me like that," she warned.

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Weis won the 2001 edition of the casting show Popstars and thereby became the last contestant to join the pop group Bro'Sis. She split from the group in 2004 to pursue a solo career and also appeared as an actor in various TV drama series. She is currently planning a pop comeback.

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14:46 January 19, 2010 by erdinger
I bet that things would of been different had she been an illegal hispanic immigrant working as a putzfrau.

15:07 January 19, 2010 by auniquecorn
But Weis also smuggled in her mobile phone in her underpants and took pictures of her cell.

I´m glad we only got her version. of course she did nothing wrong.
15:23 January 19, 2010 by Wabit
This lady would seem to be a self opinionated waste of space. If she has a day job which I doubt, then she would be wise indeed to hang on to it!!
16:40 January 19, 2010 by michael4096
Methinks there is something not being told here. Getting on a plane to the US without authority to get in at the other end doesn't happen - german tv channel job or not

Of course, she was seen getting drunk and trying to take her clothes off at the oktoberfest last year. Which proves she really is a german at heart. Still, its not usually a visa cancellation offence or hollywood would be just desert
19:42 January 19, 2010 by Lexicon
"All my cell had was a bed, a sink and a toilet."

umm...what do German jail cells have? Armchairs and Ikea bookcases?

It sounds like she actually got above par treatment. For a single night, most people would be put into the general holding area with a hundred other criminals.
20:09 January 19, 2010 by Meringer
I am a little confused. There is normally free travel between the US and Germany for the citizens of both countries, no visa required. I think they only time that it is a little different is if you are actually trying to immigrate. Then you need a work permit or a green card in the US, I am not sure what the requirement would be for a US citizen working in Germany. . I would at least like The Local to do some actually investigative reporting and look into both sides of the situation before printing a one sided story.
22:12 January 19, 2010 by wood artist
I can only speak to the requirements for a US citizen visiting Germany, but I believe they are directly parallel.

You can visit without applying for a visa in advance. However, that gives you a visa that permits you to visit more or less as a tourist. When I have come it is work-related, and if I'm asked, I respond that the trip is "business." When I have been asked (which is not every time) I have said I'm doing research for a book, and the only other question is then "how long are you staying?" As I understand it, I could stay for a maximum of 90 days without doing anything more.

If I were coming to "work" for a German firm, I would need some other type of visa, which would require an advance application. As long as I'm working for myself (or a US firm) I'm okay.

In the US, "working" (if not for a German company) would require a specific visa since the income would be taxable. If she was here as anything other than a tourist, she would be considered to have lied if she worked.

06:59 January 20, 2010 by snorge
All we have is her story, and she says nothing of how long she had been there or what kind of visit she told immigration. Seems like she is leaving something out...I bet it's not in a favorable light for her either.

We have a huge immigration problem in the US and if they came after her, she must have done something to warrant it.

I think the local should look at both sides and find out what happened before printing such a one sided story.
10:36 January 20, 2010 by loz_adele
I saw this on the news last night and apparently there is another side to the story. Some German producer (forgot who) said that Indira had told her she planned to visit her friend in miami for a week or so and then to emigrate to new york to work directly after.
17:48 January 21, 2010 by mixxim
Some people think all they need is a return ticket and a smile to convince the immigration officer that they are genuine tourists. Most get away with it as evidenced by the high number of illegals there,
09:11 January 22, 2010 by Anniepan
Dammit, and I thought we finally got rid of her!
11:46 January 22, 2010 by dlplife
At least this will help German population growth.
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