Rita Ora has apologized for violating the lockdown rules after holding a « little » gathering with her friends to celebrate her 30th birthday.
The singer said she regretted a « grave and inexcusable error of judgment » after the party was held at a restaurant in Notting Hill, west London, on Saturday night.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they were called in to report a possible violation of Covid regulations at 9.10PM on Saturday (November 27), but have not yet said whether formal action has been taken.
Ora wrote in Instagram stories: « Hello everyone, I attended a small meeting with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was a decision made at the time, with the wrong view that we were coming out of confinement and that this would be fine.
« I am deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk. This was a serious and inexcusable error in judgment. Given the restrictions, I realize how irresponsible these actions were and take full responsibility. »
She added: « I feel particularly ashamed to know firsthand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible disease and to be fully aware of the sacrifices that people and companies have made to help keep us all safe. Even though this won’t fix it, I want to sincerely apologize. «
The story was first broken by The Sun, with the publication stating that « more than 30 people » had attended the party at the Casa Cruz restaurant.
Ora was photographed arriving at the event with a selection of famous faces, including model brothers Poppy and Cara Delevingne.
Under current lockdown laws, the police have the power to break up meetings and issue fines of up to 10,000 pounds for violations of regulations, as confirmed in the Coronavirus Act 2020.
According to The Guardian, Casa Cruz director Nicholas Fallows was quoted by the Sun as saying that the newspaper’s story was the first he had heard about the meeting.