Lindsay Lohan says she was 'racially profiled' over headscarf

"I got stopped at the airport and racially profiled for the first time in my life," the actress said.
By Annie Martin  |  Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:36 PM
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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Lindsay Lohan says she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf in London.

The 30-year-old American actress recounted a recent incident at Heathrow Airport while discussing her rumored conversion to Islam on Tuesday's episode of Good Morning Britain.

"When I was flying to New York recently I was wearing a headscarf and I got stopped at the airport and racially profiled for the first time in my life," Lohan told hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan. "Here [in London, at] Heathrow.

"She opened my passport and saw "Lindsay Lohan" and started immediately apologizing, but then said, 'Please take off your headscarf.' And I did -- it's okay -- but what scared me was, [in] that moment how would another woman who doesn't feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel?" she said.

Lohan sparked speculation in 2015 after she was spotted with a copy of the Quran, and later included "Alaikum salam," a common Arabic greeting among Muslims, on her Instagram profile. She told the talk show she is interested in Islam but hasn't officially converted.

"I think that me studying the Quran is something that I found a solace in," the star explained. "I just study it. Nothing is confirmed yet."

"It's a consideration I have. I don't want to speak on something that I haven't finished yet. I find a solace in studying not just the Quran, [but] other religions [as well]," she added. "It's something that I'm interested in."

Lohan had shared similar sentiments about religion in an interview in April, telling The Sun she's "a very spiritual person" and "really open to learning." The actress is known for the movie Mean Girls, and told her Instagram followers this week she'd like to play Ariel in Disney's live-action Little Mermaid.

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