Laura Mvula Says She Was Held For Four Hours And “Treated Like A Criminal” At Miami Airport

The U.K. artist tells her Instagram followers that she was held by mistake.

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U.K. singer Laura Mvula has detailed an incident at Miami International Airport in which she alleges that she was held for 4 hours and mocked by a member of staff. Mvula, who released her latest album The Dreaming Room earlier in 2016, wrote on Instagram that she was "spoken to like I was a genuine criminal" before being let go. She added that the ordeal,which happened on December 29, had been "a mistake made by an inspector." You can read Mvula's whole story below.

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"No filter for a few reasons: I hope you can see my beautiful/ugly brokeness. I didn't realise how good I've had it til today. I was held at customs in Miami for 4 hours, in the end it was all down to a mistake made by an inspector. I was spoken to like I was a genuine criminal, even mocked by an officer at one point I guess to try and trigger some kind of unruly behaviour from me... it didn't work. But it occurred to me what trauma it must be for victims of really serious bullying by officials and more seriously what it must be to endure police brutality. Our world is sick and hateful but I believe there is always beauty to be found, even in the darkest places. It will be a happy new year somehow. I'm confident."

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Laura Mvula Says She Was Held For Four Hours And “Treated Like A Criminal” At Miami Airport