The Backlash To Rita Ora’s Lockdown Birthday Party Continues

Doesn't look like the public are going to be so forgiving...

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by Bonnie McLaren |

Last weekend, Rita Ora shocked the public when she decided to hold a birthday dinner party while the UK's second lockdown was still in place. On Monday, The Sun reported that over 30 people attended the party at Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill, West London and published photos of guests including Cara Delevingne and TOWIE’s Vas Morgan sneaking into the back entrance on Saturday night.

The event didn't go without consequences, as Rita was reportedly voluntarily paid a £10,000 fine for not adhering to lockdown restrictions after she was visited at home by police on November 30. She then issued a public apology on Instagram, calling her actions 'inexcusable'. ‘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 on her Instagram story. 'I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk. This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.'

But, despite the apology, it doesn't look like everyone is willing to forgive the musician. The restaurant which she partied at has been hit by one-star reviews - in fact, there's been so many that according to The Sun TripAdvisor have stopped people leaving new reviews. One online review read: 'Avoid at all cost. They break the law and couldn't care less about public health. They opened during a national lockdown. 59,051 dead and they decide they are different.' (When the paper first reported on the party, the restaurant’s director, Nicholas Fallows, said it was the ‘first he’d heard’ about it.)

And, according to The Metro, her music has now been banned by a local radio station. Following the incident, Radio Exe breakfast show presenter Ben Clark announced that he would no longer be playing the 30-year-old's music. ‘I can’t speak for any other Radio Exe presenter, but as of now, for the foreseeable future, I’m not playing any of her songs,' he said after discussing her actions and playing her hit song I Will Never Let You Down. 'You can’t get your head round it, can you? The mind boggles.'

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