People are condemning Rita Ora for reportedly paying a restaurant nearly $7,000 to ignore lockdown rules for a party

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Rita Ora in March 2020. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Annabel's
  • Rita Ora reportedly paid a restaurant to break coronavirus lockdown rules, and people are mad.

  • In November, the singer hosted a dinner with 15-20 people at a London eatery, BBC News reported.

  • Ora's team reportedly gave the business £5,000 (about $6,848) to bend rules prohibiting large parties.

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People on Twitter are calling out Rita Ora after her team reportedly paid a London restaurant to flout coronavirus guidelines for the singer's birthday party in November.

On Thursday, BBC News reported that the singer's team offered Notting Hill eatery Casa Cruz £5,000 (or about $6,848) to ignore lockdown rules that prohibited indoor events with people from different households.

Ora had also reportedly flown back from performing in Egypt a week before, and should have been quarantining due to travel guidelines, the report said.

The general manager of the restaurant later told police that between 15 to 20 people were present at Ora's 30th birthday dinner on November 28.

And, according to the BBC News report, the singer's team even requested to have CCTV footage turned off during the party.

CCTV hard drives were wiped two days after the party, per BBC News.

Ora apologized for the party several days later, calling it a "spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK."

"I'm deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk," she wrote on Instagram. "This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgment. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility."

Despite her apology, people on social media still called out the singer after BBC News published the newest details about the incident.

Representatives for Ora didn't immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.

This isn't the first time the singer has caused an outcry on social media.

In August 2020, people accused the singer of "blackfishing" after a semi-viral tweet called attention to her white parentage.

"Finding out rita ora isn't black at all and both of her parents are white albanians is so trippy. the girls BEEN blackfishing," said the tweet, which has racked up nearly 100,000 likes and more than 20,000 retweets.

"Like the girl isn't black in the slightest this is kinda freaking me out," the Twitter user continued, adding that white women "really slip into black personas so easily."

Ora's family is from Kosovo, a self-declared independent country in the Balkan Peninsula whose population consists mainly of Albanian and Serbian people.

In 2016, Wendy Williams told Ora, "I thought you were half-Black and half-white, or something like that."

Ora replied: "Everybody usually does. I might as well be. But no, I'm Albanian."

Despite her white European heritage, Ora has gelled and styled her baby hairs and repeatedly tried box braids, cornrows, and afros - all of which are widely considered cultural appropriation when done by a non-Black person.

As Twitter users began realizing she's white, Ora was accused of intentionally misleading people into believing she's a person of color, a phenomenon known online as blackfishing.

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