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Charlie Heaton From 'Stranger Things' Reportedly Caught With Cocaine & Fans Are Freaking Out


One major actor was noticeably absent from the Stranger Things Season 2 premiere last week. Charlie Heaton (aka Jonathan Byers) was not able to walk the red carpet for a very unfortunate reason. Heaton was reportedly caught with cocaine at Los Angeles International Airport, and has been barred from entering the United States, according to the Associated Press.

On Oct. 21, a drug-sniffing dog picked up "a small amount of cocaine" in Heaton's luggage, the AP reported. As a result Heaton, who is a British citizen, was denied entry into the United States and sent back to London. The actor reportedly wasn't arrested and charges have not been filed against him. All this information comes from a law enforcement official who told the AP they "couldn't discuss the matter publicly." Elite Daily reached out to Heaton's representative for comment and did not receive a response by publication.

Fans are already starting to panic hardcore that Heaton won't be allowed back to the United States in time to shoot a third season of Stranger Things. However, an unnamed source told TMZ that if Heaton reapplies to enter the U.S., he will be able to, so let's hope they're right.

Reactions on Twitter ranged from deep fear about potentially losing Jonathan Byers, to lots of gratuitous shots of the actor shooting Stranger Things, looking very brooding and cool. We all worry in our own ways.

Jonathan Byers was Heaton's breakthrough role, and the actor was still pinching himself when he sat down with Paper Magazine in August 2106, saying,

Couple that with the fact that he's working with screen legend Winona Ryder, and it's all be a very crazy experience for the 23-year-old actor. He explained,

Plus, Heaton is reportedly dating Stranger Things co-star Natalia Dyer — which makes this whole potentially being barred from the United States situation a whole lot bleaker.

While the two have yet to officially DTR, they've been spotted holding hands and looking awfully cozy at various events together. Oh yeah, and then in March, when TMZ straight-up asked the pair if they were dating Dyer gave this answer,

Heaton added,

Meanwhile, a third season of Stranger Things is definitely a go, so fans need to keep thinking good thoughts for Heaton. Matt and Ross Duffer, the show's creators, confirmed the third season to Vulture, with Ross saying,

Matt added,

Fingers crossed that it all works out for Heaton. Stranger Things would not be the same without all that (lovable) creepiness.

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