You can't stay here, no matter how good you look in a swimsuit.
That's more or less the gist of what federal immigration officials told Sports Illustrated model May Andersen Monday after her alleged attempt to join the mile-high catfight club on a transatlantic flight last week.
Andersen, 23, has been refused entry into the United States and was ordered to return to the Netherlands (where her journey originated) on the next available flight, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Zachary Mann told reporters. The specific reasons for the refusal have not been made public.
But one can surmise. The Danish model, who has also posed for Victoria's Secret and J. Crew, was charged with simple battery, nonviolently resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication Friday after allegedly smacking a flight attendant and acting unruly during a Martinair flight from Amsterdam to Miami. She spent the night in a women's detention center and was released Saturday evening on $3,000 bail, according to Miami-Dade County spokeswoman Janelle Hall. Andersen was then taken into federal immigration custody.
The legally challenged lovely was attempting to enter the country under a visa waiver program, which permits certain visitors to enter without a visa stating their purposes for traveling to the United States. While Andersen lives in New York City's West Village, reps for the model told Fox News that her plans to return anytime soon were "up in the air."
"We want to keep her status here on the good side," Andersen's attorney, Robert Rosenblatt, said. "She does a lot of work in the United States."
Cathy Gould, head of the North American division of Elite Model Management, Andersen's agency, told the New York Daily News that the young woman's alleged outburst was completely out of character.
"All I can say in our experience with May is that she's a very talented, bright and lovely young woman," Gould said. "This to me does not sound like something that's in May's character at all."
An arraignment on the misdemeanor charges is scheduled for next month.
Whether or not Andersen started any in-flight skirmish, for the time being, she may not be able to help bringing to mind a certain other pretty face who reportedly enrages easily. Naomi Campbell denied allegations last month that she hit her housekeeper with a cell phone, causing a cut that required stitches. But she did plead guilty in 2000 to beaning her former personal assistant with a phone--just a regular land line, though--and she was sued three years later by her onetime administrative assistant who claimed that the supermodel hit her with a phone and held her captive.
Campbell said that her latest accuser was just "recycling old stories."