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Lindsay Lohan Says She Was Profiled While Wearing Headscarf

by The Associated Press /  / Updated 
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Lindsay Lohan places a badge bearing a quote from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reading "World is bigger than five," referring to the UN Security Council's five permanent members, on the jacket of his wife Emine Erdogan, during a visit at the Presidential Palace in Ankara last month.Yasin Bulbul / AP

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LONDON — Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport.

The actress told a British talk show that she was stopped while traveling to New York.

She said an airport worker "opened my passport and saw 'Lindsay Lohan' and started immediately apologizing, but then said: 'Please take off your headscarf.'"

She told "Good Morning Britain" on Tuesday that the incident made her wonder "how would another woman who doesn't feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel?"

Lohan was returning from Turkey, where she recently met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

She said she wore a headscarf in Turkey out of "personal respect."

Image: Actress Lindsay Lohan speaks to press in Gaziantep, Turkey
Lindsay Lohan wears a headscarf given to her by a Syrian woman, after visiting a town where Syrian refugees live in the Nizip district of Gaziantep in Turkey on Oct. 8, 2016.Kerem Kocalar / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images, file

Lohan, who has been photographed carrying a Quran, says she finds "solace" studying the Muslim holy book and other religious texts.

According to British travel regulations, Lohan would have had the right to refuse to remove her headscarf. "If you’re wearing headgear for religious or cultural reasons, you can ask for it to be checked using a hand-held scanner so you don’t have to remove it," the rules state, according to Gov.uk

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