Rita Ora has apologised for “putting people at risk” and agreed to pay a fine after breaching the coronavirus lockdown in London to throw herself a 30th birthday party.
Police were called to a high end restaurant in Notting Hill on Saturday night where more than 30 friends attended including fellow celebs Cara and Poppy Delevingne.
London’s Metropolitan Police released a statement saying officers found no indication of any offence being committed but Ora has since taken to Instagram to express how sorry she was for breaking strict COVID-19 rules.
“I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk,” she wrote in an Instagram story.
“This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgment. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.
“I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe.
“Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.”
Ora has offered to pay a $18,000 fine for the party, the Daily Mail has reported.
Photos from the night show Ora arriving at the venue with several friends and later police could be seen peering through the windows.
England’s lockdown restrictions, which are set to ease today, mean restaurants and bars are closed except for takeaway and gatherings from different households are restricted in an attempt to stop community transmission of the coronavirus.
Several other celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Cardi B have thrown lavish parties in recent weeks.
Cardi B announced over the weekend that she hosted a “lit” Thanksgiving party.
She later came under fire and tweeted that she took measures to ensure the safety of her guests.
“Sorry my bad wasn’t trying to make nobody feel bad. I just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good & uplifted me. I spent soo much money getting every1 tested but it felt worth it. I wasnt trying to offend no1,” she wrote.