English/Nat DIANA ROSS HEADS HOME AFTER BRUSH WITH BRITISH LAW
Story: Diana Ross
Date: September 22nd
American soul diva DIANA ROSS was arrested Wednesday at Heathrow Airport after allegedly assaulting a security officer. She set off a metal detector before boarding a BA Concorde flight to New York and was being searched by hand when the alleged incident took place. It is thought she was angered by the search and attempted to `frisk' the security guard. She then boarded the aircraft, but was later escorted off by police.
Ms. Ross, 55, was detained after a female security officer, who had attempted to make a body search on the singer, complained of being assaulted.
British Airways confirmed that Ms. Ross had been due to travel on the 10.50 a.m. Concorde flight to New York.
Asked about the reported arrest, Scotland Yard said: \"We can confirm that a woman was arrested at Heathrow Airport in connection with an alleged assault on a female security officer.
The incident took place while Diana Ross was waiting together with other passengers for routine security checks prior to boarding a flight. She was taken into custody at Heathrow police station.
She left Heathrow's police station flanked by five police officers and was whisked away in the back of a black chauffeur-driven Mercedes.
Despite the days events, Miss Ross remained positive but refused to comment other than to praise the work of the police.
After five hours of questioning the pop diva was finally released late in the afternoon.
Scotland Yard says she was warned, but not charged with an offence.
Ross, who recently separated from her Norwegian industrialist husband Arne Naess, had been in Britain to shoot a video.
Later the same day she returned to the US and was greeted by a phalanx of reporters at New York's JFK airport. She was far more outspoken after arriving on home soil and said that the security guard made her feel very uncomfortable during a body search.
The former Supremes leader said she had been treated like a common criminal, but has no plans to prosecute the security guard.
However, Ross did not seem to bear any grudge against the British people.
No charges have been made against the 55-year-old star.
British police said no further action would be taken.
Diana Ross has had chart topping success with numerous hits including the singles 'Baby love', 'Stop in the name of love' and 'Chain Reaction.
The star enjoyed her heyday in the sixties as the lead singer with the female trio 'The Supremes'.
If her public appearances have been rare in recent years, her record releases have been even rarer. As one quarter of the Supremes she was a member of the second biggest selling group of the sixties after the Beatles. She also starred in The Lady Sings The Blues and Mahogany. Her last appearance on the small screen came in 1994 in the Movie of the Week Out of Darkness.
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