A far-right British TV personality has been deported from Australia after bragging about ways she was flouting hotel quarantine rules.
Katie Hopkins, who is notorious for her anti-immigration and anti-Islam views, had travelled to Australia from the UK to feature on Channel 7’s Big Brother VIP.
However, Hopkins has been dropped from the show’s line-up and had her visa cancelled after she posted a video to Instagram claiming she was undermining safety protocols during her stay in hotel quarantine, ABC News reported.
In the video, Hopkins said lockdown was a “hoax” and told her followers she had been hiding by the door in her room so she could “frighten the sh*t out of” workers delivering food.
She said she would “spring” the door open and “do it naked with no face mask”.
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told ABC News Hopkins would be deported for her “shameful” and “appalling” actions.
“It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown and it’s just unacceptable behaviour,” Andrews said.
“So, personally I’m very pleased she’ll be leaving.”
According to a statement from NSW Police, the 46-year-old was issued a $1,000 fine for not wearing a facemask on Sunday.
Police assisted the Australian Border Force (AFB) in transferring Hopkins to Sydney International Airport on Monday afternoon.
She was originally granted a visa based on support from the NSW government, which approved several other contestants to enter the country despite the quarantine cap, according to Andrews.
“This does happen from time to time. It actually happens reasonably regularly that state governments approach the federal government on the basis that there is an economic benefit to some people coming in over the quarantine caps,” she said.
“For all those Australians out there who are watching this, I’m with you. It’s appalling that this individual behaved the way that she did, and she will be leaving without a doubt.”
Hopkins previously worked as a columnist for The Sun and The Daily Mail in the UK, and was fired from her role hosting a radio show on LBC after she called for a “final solution” in response to the Manchester Arena bombing.
The controversial media personality has also copped a permanent ban from Twitter for repeatedly breaching the platform’s “hateful conduct” policy.
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