Rita Ora has paid a £10,000 fine for breaking lockdown rules by hosting a party for her 30th birthday over the weekend, while police were spotted outside the restaurant following the incident.
The Anywhere singer hired a space at the Casa Cruz restaurant in West London on Saturday where a ‘small gathering’ of friends helped her celebrate her milestone birthday.
Rita has since issued an apology admitting she is ‘deeply sorry’ and ‘embarrassed’ by the poor judgement.
Sources have now told Metro.co.uk that the pop star paid the local council – Kensington & Chelsea – a hefty fine as a gesture of goodwill.
Other insiders told the Mail Online: ‘Rita knows her actions were wrong which is why she has voluntarily paid the £10,000 fine to the council. She hopes this will go some way to making up for her error of judgement.’
Metropolitan Police officers were pictured looking around outside the Casa Cruz restaurant on Monday where the dinner party took place.
Officers were also spotted outside Rita’s home in London this afternoon but it is believed to be unrelated to the lockdown breach.
Met Police earlier confirmed they were called to reports of a potential breach of Covid-19 regulations in the area at around 9:10pm on Saturday.
In her statement apologising for the party, Rita said: ‘Hello all, I attended 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… I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.’
She continued: ‘This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. 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,’ she added.
Rita shared photos from her celebratory birthday weekend with gold and leopard print balloons dotted around the room and a three-tier cake.
Celebrity guests at the dinner included Poppy and Cara Delevingne and Vas J Morgan.
Downing Street also released a statement about the breach and said: ‘Throughout the pandemic we’ve been clear that it’s vital for everyone to abide by the rules in order to suppress the virus and reduce the transmission but enforcement matter is for the police.
‘It’s important that everybody in society sets an example by following the rules – that is for every member of the public including celebrities.’
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