Cheryl Cole’s assault conviction of seven years ago could scupper her plans to become a judge on the U.S. version of X Factor.
The singer has begun discussions about moving to America since landing a job on the U.S. version of the talent show worth more than £3m.
Her move was expected to bolster her popularity in the States, where she also planned to launch her music career next spring.
But her American dream could be jeopardised by her conviction of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) in 2003.
U.S. law states that all convictions and indeed all arrests must be disclosed on visa application forms.
However, the more serious nature of Cole’s offence may warrant an appeal to U.S. authorities, which could lead to permanent ineligibility.
Cole attacked Sophie Amogbokpa, a toilet attendant, at Drink nightclub in Guildford, Surrey in January 2003.
Aged 19 at the time, she was found guilty in October that year.
Having already been catapaulted to fame as a member of the band, Girls Aloud the previous December, Cole was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid community service.
She was also ordered to pay Amogbokpa £500 compensation and prosecution costs of £3000.
The assault happened when Amogbokpa tried to stop the singer taking some lollipops.