Katie Hopkins Australian visa CANCELLED despite denying breaching hotel quarantine rules07/18/2021
Katie Hopkins brags about flouting lockdown rules in Sydney
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Katie Hopkins, 46, has had her Australian visa “cancelled” after she filmed herself boasting about breaching hotel quarantine rules. On Monday, Home Affairs minister Karen Andrews’ made the cancellation announcement, which followed a decision by Endemol Shine Australia to end her contract to appear on Seven Network’s Big Brother VIP.
Border Force have been responding to that overnight and continue to do so today
Home Affairs minister Karen Andrews
Hopkins will now be required to leave the country.
It comes after she broadcast a live video from what she claimed was a Sydney hotel room on Saturday morning, describing Covid-19 lockdowns as “the greatest hoax in human history” and undermining the hotel’s safety protocols.
She also told her 262K Instagram followers of her elaborate plans to breach quarantine rules.
In the video that has since been deleted, she boasted about “lying in wait” for room service by the hotel door so she can “spring it open and frighten the s**t out of them and do it naked with no face mask”.
“That’s one game that I’m playing,” she said while laughing.
Current rules require all those in hotel quarantine to wear a mask and wait 30 seconds after their food has been delivered before opening their door to collect it, so as to minimise both direct contact and aerosol transmission.
Hopkins’ actions sparked outrage, with the government condemning her behaviour and Australians stranded overseas demanding to know how she secured a place in quarantine.
On Monday, Andrews described her behaviour as “shameful”, and said it is “a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown”.
“Yesterday I directed Australian Border Force to immediately consider the facts of this matter and urgently review whether this individual is complying with the requirements of her visa,” Ms Andrews said in a statement.
“Border Force have been responding to that overnight and continue to do so today.
“It is despicable that anyone would behave in such a way that puts our health officials and community at risk,” she said.
She continued to tell ABC News Breakfast: “The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was appalling.
“We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can possibly arrange that. So I’m hopeful that it will happen imminently.”
Andrews revealed Hopkins’ entry to Australia was “with support of a state government”, adding: “So she came in here on the basis of potential benefit to the economy.”
The Seven Network and production company Endemol Shine Australia also labelled her comments as “reckless”, saying in a statement: “Katie Hopkins is not a part of Big Brother VIP.
“Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”
But after being dumped from Celebrity Big Brother Australia, the far-right commentator denied she broke any rules in Sydney.
Taking to the picture sharing site once again, she penned her response to the allegations: “WARNING: EXTREME HUMOUR. I have never broken quarantine,” Hopkins wrote in her Instagram caption.
“My whole heart goes out to Australians and this brilliant country known for sense of humour. Families MUST be reunited.
“Auzzies need the dignity of work and lockdown is the Greatest Hoax in Human History. Do not give up my darlings. Bring Australians home,” she added.
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