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Piers Morgan blasts Rita Ora for holding lockdown 30th birthday party after supporting NHS

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Piers Morgan has blasted Rita Ora after the singer broke lockdown rules by holding her 30th birthday party at a West London restaurant.

Rita and 30 friends let their hair down at Casa Cruz in Notting Hill, West London on the evening of Saturday, 28 November, it is claimed.

The party broke England lockdown restrictions which do not permit people to gather indoors or hospitality businesses to open.

Rita issued an apology for the bash and allegedly voluntarily paid a £10,000 fine to the council, according to sources.

Although she did not confirm how many people attended the party, Rita described it as a "small gathering".

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On Good Morning Britain on Tuesday morning, Piers branded the Your Song singer's actions as "absolutely shocking" .

He also pointed out that the singer's mum is a health worker and that she has supported the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Piers raged of Rita: "Her mother’s a health worker and then she launched a range of clothing, coronavirus clothing, saying ‘stop the spread’.

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"This is the same Rita Ora – the T-shirt says stop the spread and then she invites 30 of her friends.

"What does your mum think after all you said about the NHS? What you didn’t show is your friends sneaking out the back.

"It’s exhausting keeping up with these people, it’s just so selfish."

In Rita's apology, she said she was "deeply sorry" and "embarrassed" for her decision.

Piers questioned Rita's motivation for the apology, saying: "She’s deeply sorry about this… really are you?

"If they’re all doing that, if the rules aren’t for them then what’s the point of it?

"You’re deeply sorry you were caught. If you hadn’t been caught would you issue a statement saying you’re deeply sorry? ‘It’s absolutely shocking."

Kensington and Chelsea Council confirmed to OK! online it was also investigating the party.

A spokesman said: "We are aware of the reports and will be investigating them with the premises."

Residents living near the restaurant slammed Rita for holding the party, MailOnline reported.

A man in his fifties whose home overlooks the restaurant said: "I hoped they are fined the maximum amount by the council. What is the point of having rules if they are going to be broken just because someone wants to hold a party."

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