Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has directed Border Force to “urgently review” the visa of British right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins, who boasted elaborate details about breaking hotel quarantine rules on social media. The media personality is quarantining in a Sydney hotel ahead of a now-axed role in the upcoming season of Big Brother, broadcast by the Seven Network.
On Saturday morning, she told Instagram followers that she had been trying to flout restrictions in her hotel by answering her door naked and without a face mask. Ms. Hopkins speaks on Instagram from what purports to be a Sydney Hotel Quarantine room “The police officer who checked me in told me when they knock on my door I have to wait 30 seconds ’til I can open the door.
Then I can open the door, but only if I wear a face mask,” she said in a now-deleted Instagram video. “What I want is the sergeant in the foyer to come up and tell me off so that I can stand there naked while he tells me off!” On Sunday afternoon, the Seven Network confirmed Ms. Hopkins was no longer attached to the show.
“Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. On Sunday morning, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews confirmed that Ms. Hopkin’s case was being reviewed in a report.
“It is despicable that anyone would behave in such a way that puts our health officials and community at risk,” she said. “I have 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.”
On Saturday, he discussed the case with Minister Andrews and described Ms. Hopkins’s alleged actions as “dangerous, irresponsible and apparently deliberate”.
“Right now, in my view, if the facts are born out, of deliberately exposing someone to potential contact with a person who has not completed quarantine, then the strongest action should be taken,” he told reporters.