Interrogating renowned Australian children's author Mem Fox at the U.S. border was like 'shooting the tooth fairy', fans have told the wife of a convicted child sex offender.
Mrs Fox, 71, says she was questioned for two hours at Los Angeles airport in February when customers officers with 'turbocharged power' learned she was getting paid to deliver a speech.
'Americans are saying it was like shooting the tooth fairy,' the children's author claimed on Nine Network's The Today Show on Tuesday morning.
She admitted she wanted to call the official an 'a***hole b*****d'.
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Fans have told Mem Fox interrogating her at the United States border was like 'shooting the tooth fairy'
She is pictured with her husband Malcolm Fox, a convicted sex offender, in 2011
Mrs Fox claims American fans were 'aghast' at what happened to her.
'They are heartbroken because they don't recognise the America they live in. They are appalled, they are apologetic, they are divine. They are so kind. They don't know what they have done. They have woken up to a nightmare.'
Mrs Fox has been critical of President Donald Trump's executive order which implemented travel bans.
She has vowed to never return to the U.S. after she was interrogated over a 'minor question' regarding her visa.
Mrs Fox was delivering one speech during her 117th trip to the country in February this year, and the immigration official claimed she required a working visa.
She said the man was 'sadistic'.
'If it had happened anywhere else I would have said: 'How dare you speak to me like that, you rat, you a***hole b*****d',' Mrs Fox said of her interrogation in the United States
Mrs Fox supported her husband Malcolm Fox when he was in court 2011
'If it had happened anywhere else I would have said: "How dare you speak to me like that, you rat, you a***hole b*****d".
'Nobody who goes in to give one speech and be paid once is on a working visa. You are not constantly working. It is a totally different situation,' she told The Today Show.
'It was so awful that I actually cannot go back.
'It was truly terrible. The guy was sadistic. Honestly, I was terrorised. I really was.'
She received an apology after lodging complaints with the Australian embassy in Washington and the United States embassy in Canberra.
Mrs Fox has been promoting her new book, I'm Australian Too, which was released on Tuesday to coincide with Harmony Day.
Mrs Fox said she passionately wrote the book in one weekend, because she was so filled with rage over 'hate speech' in Australia.
Mrs Fox has been promoting her new book, I Am Australian Too, which was released on Tuesday to coincide with Harmony Day
Mr and Mrs Fox are pictured together in 2011 at the South Australian District Court in Adelaide
'I was starting to get pretty mad about the hate speech that was happening in this country,' Mrs Fox told The Today Show.
'Our country is well-known around the world for being the friendliest place on earth. People love us. We are so nice, warm, open-hearted, so friendly,' Mrs Fox told The Today Show.
'And then there were these people in Australia saying: "Well, let's hate that group and let's hate that group and let's talk very loudly about that group and let's spew all over that group because we hate them as well".
'I thought, "No, no, this is not us. For God sake, this is not who we are".
'Those people have a right to speak out and so do I, and I am yelling.'
Her husband Malcolm Fox was convicted in 2011 for a number of child sex crimes in the 1980s
Her husband Malcolm Fox was convicted in 2011 for a number of child sex crimes in the 1980s. He was found guilty of having an unlawful sexual relationship in 1984 with a teenage student while he was a drama teacher in Adelaide.
Husband Malcolm Fox was convicted in 2011 for a number of child sex crimes he committed in the 1980s. Mr Fox was found guilty of having an unlawful sexual relationship in 1984 with a teenage student while he was a drama teacher in Adelaide. Mr Fox always maintained their only sexual encounters were instigated by the 17-year-old boy - and left him feeling 'embarrassed'.
'I was embarrassed really, it was very awkward,' Mr Fox told the court.
Judge Gordon Barrett found it unbelievable Mr Fox wasn't to blame.
'I find it unlikely in the extreme that the complainant, who was 17 at the time and had been the accused's student for several years, would suddenly make so confronting a sexual advance,' The Australian reported.
Mrs Fox promoted her new children's book on The Today Show with Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson on Tuesday morning
The offences took place at the school, Mr Fox's bed, which he shared with his wife, and at the student's home, the ABC reported in 2011.
Mem Fox accompanied her husband of more than four decades to every court hearing. She sat with her hand across her heart as he was sentenced to four years with a non-parole period of two years.
Mem Fox is the author of best selling children's book Possum Magic
The sentence was ultimately suspended, and Mr Fox was ordered to serve a three-year good behaviour bond, avoiding serving any time in jail.
Mr and Mrs Fox walked arm-in-arm from the courtroom, the ABC reported at the time.
His offending reportedly happened as his wife was celebrating the success of her famed children's book Possum Magic.
The age of consent in South Australia was 17, but 18 if one of the parties was found to be in a position of power or authority.
Mrs Fox is the author of several best-selling children's books including Possum Magic, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Wombat Divine and Where is the Green Sheep?