Rita Ora couldn’t resist flouting England’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions to celebrate her birthday, but it’s her birthday … and now she’s going to pay for it whether she likes it or not.
The British singer says she is “deeply sorry to have broken the rules” and understands that it put people in danger … and calls her 30th birthday party over the weekend a “mistake of grave and inexcusable judgment “.
The event is said to have taken place at Casa Cruz restaurant in west London on Saturday, and Rita admits it took place “with the mistaken view that we were coming out of isolation and that it would be OK.”
This is not the case, and according to the Daily Mail, Rita has already voluntarily paid a hefty fine of 10,000 pounds … around 12,000 dollars!
It looks like this may not be the end of her troubles, as police visited Rita’s home on Monday to investigate the case further.
Ora claims the party was a “small gathering,” but it was reported that up to 30 people could have been there. In England all pubs and restaurants are supposed to be closed except for take out, and people are not supposed to congregate inside with people outside of their homes or support bubbles.
It’s unclear if the restaurant will face penalties for violating COVID restrictions … but cops are reportedly still investigating this.