Celeb Violates Lockdown to Throw Her Birthday Party

Rita Ora is sorry for breaking London's rules
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2020 10:16 AM CST
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In this 2019 photo, singer Rita Ora poses for photographers upon her arrival at the British Fashion Awards in central London.   (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

British singer Rita Ora apologized Monday for breaking lockdown rules by holding a birthday party, saying it was "a serious and inexcusable error of judgment." The Sun newspaper ran photos of Ora and others, including models Cara and Poppy Delevingne, arriving at the Casa Cruz restaurant in London’s Notting Hill area on Saturday. Under lockdown rules that end Wednesday, all pubs and restaurants in England must close except for takeout and delivery, and people are barred from meeting indoors with members of other households, reports the AP. Ora posted an Instagram story that she had held “a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.”

“It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK,” she wrote. Ora, whose hits include “Anywhere” and “I Will Never Let You Down,” said she now realized “how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.” Reports of the party attracted widespread criticism. Asked about the event a rep for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was "important that everybody in society sets an example by following the rules. That is for every member of the public, including celebrities." Britain has Europe's worst coronavirus death toll, at over 58,000 people. (Kim Kardashian caught flak for her birthday party.)

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