Rita Ora's security team paid staff to switch off CCTV at controversial party, reports claim

Friday, January 29
Ciarán Mather

CCTV cameras at a controversial party that was held by singer Rita Ora last November were turned off at the request of her security team, it has been reported.

UK police have said that the 30-year-old pop star's security team requested that the cameras at Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill be turned off for a period of time on November 28th.

Ora's initial group arrived at around 7pm with seven or eight guests in tow, although by 9pm, there were said to be about 17 people present at the venue, which included the Shine Ya Light singer.

A lawyer representing the Metropolitan police has since claimed that the party, which included model Cara Delevingne and the singer's sister Poppy, was 'an egregious and notorious breach' of COVID-19 restrictions.

He further described the singer's decision as being a selfish one. 

In a statement to police, a worker at the restaurant, Scottie Bhattarai, claimed that representatives of Ms. Ora called him on his personal mobile phone at about 5.30pm on the day of the party and informed him that they wanted to hire the venue for 'drinks and nibbles.'

He added that they offered him £5,000 (€5,600) to accommodate the group and that as most staff were on furlough, he went to Casa Cruz to 'facilitate the event,': which he explained included turning off the CCTV for the venue from 6pm to 6.30pm.

Mr. Bhattarai also apologised to the police for being 'greedy.'

It was also reported that the windows of the venue were blacked out, preventing police officers from looking in.

However, they were able to peep through small gaps, where they saw the offence taking place.

These claims appear to contradict Ora's claims that the party was a 'spur of the moment' decision: one she has since publicly apologised for and urged fans not to follow her example.

Ironically, eagle-eyed fans have noticed that the singer has not deleted an Instagram post she made on November 27th where she claimed she 'didn't do anything' for her big day.

The singer also issued a second apology for breaching restrictions last month for not self-isolating after arriving in the UK from Egypt.

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