Love Island star Kaz Crossley tells of Dubai jail 'hell' after release from cell with 30 other women for 'drug offences'

18 February 2023, 07:30 | Updated: 18 February 2023, 07:31

Kaz Crossley
Kaz Crossley. Picture: Getty

By Kit Heren

Love Island star Kaz Crossley has told of the 'hell' she went through in jail in Dubai following her release, after being 'arrested on suspicion of drug offences'.

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The reality star, who appeared on the 2018 series of Love Island, was held in custody by authorities in Dubai for four days after she was detained at Abu Dhabi airport in transit for a flight to Thailand.

It comes after a video emerged of her snorting a suspicious white substance at a party in 2020. Her name was flagged to the United Arab Emirates authorities after the video surfaced, it is understood.

She told the Sun how she was not given a translator and had no idea why she had been arrested. She was allowed to send one email to her loved ones telling them she had been detained.

“They didn’t get me a lawyer or a proper translator. I couldn’t even have a shower," she said.

Kaz Crossley was on Love Island in 2023
Kaz Crossley was on Love Island in 2023. Picture: Getty

"I was locked up with 30 other women, and had no idea why I was there for days - nobody would help me. It was the most terrifying experience of my life.”

A friend added: “She’s very shaken up, the very worst thoughts were going through her mind.“You see stories of Brits being banged up for years and years in these countries over drugs issues.

“She didn’t have drugs, but she had been associated with someone else police are looking into from a previous trip, and that’s why they arrested her.”

Ms Crossley's agent confirmed on Friday that she was set to be released.

"Kaz has fully cooperated with officials and is free to continue her journey," they said.

"Kaz was travelling through Abu Dhabi on her way to Thailand, where she was stopped by UAE police and taken in for questioning in relation to a matter that is not directly related to her but officials felt she could assist in their enquiries."

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Kaz Crossley
Kaz Crossley. Picture: Getty

A source previously told the paper: “She was looking forward to getting back to Thailand where she has been doing voluntary work and all of a sudden she is languishing in a Dubai jail.

“Everyone knows how strict they are about drugs over there. She must be terrified.

“She had only stopped off in Abu Dhabi to catch a connecting flight but her name has obviously raised a red flag.

“She was allowed to send just one email and wasn’t even allowed to make a phone call."

A Foreign Office spokesman said on Thursday: "We are in contact with the local authorities following the arrest of a British national in the United Arab Emirates." 

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