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Katie Hopkins Was Fined $1,000 Before Being Booted From Australia

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Katie Hopkins Was Fined $1,000 Before Being Booted From Australia

Katie Hopkins is on her way back home to the UK after being deported for breaking her visa rules.

The controversial commentator bragged about deliberately flouting hotel quarantine restrictions after flying in last week.

She was in Australia to take part in Channel 7's Celebrity Big Brother however she was dumped from the show following the stunt.

An urgent investigation was launched after she uploaded a video to her Instagram, where she spoke about messing with quarantine staff for a laugh.

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In the Instagram Live video that has now been scrubbed from her account, she said: "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 [to collect food].

"Then I can open the door but only if I wear a face mask.

"[To] frighten the s**t out of them and do it naked with no face mask. 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."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
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As a result of this, her visa was cancelled and before she was popped on a flight back to whence she came, she was also handed a fine from NSW Police.

A statement from the Force said: "Following inquiries, a 46-year-old woman was issued a $1,000 Penalty Infringement Notice for not wear face covering yesterday (Sunday 18 July 2021).

"NSW Police assisted Australian Border Force with the transfer of the woman to Sydney International Airport this afternoon (Monday 19 July 2021), following the cancellation of her visa, departing to the United Kingdom."

News Corp has published photos of police escorting her to the airport with her bags in hand.

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Ms Hopkins' arrival in Australia was enough to spark outrage, with many calling on Channel 7 to exclude her from the reality TV show.

She was also met with more than 31,000 people who signed a petition aimed at getting her kicked out of the country.

But the Instagram Live video was the nail in the coffin for Katie's holiday and Australian authorities wasted no time yesterday (July 19) in getting her visa revoked.

Speaking to the ABC, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said it's not the sort of behaviour they expect from people in hotel quarantine during a pandemic.

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"The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was appalling," she said.

"It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown, and it's just unacceptable behaviour.

"Personally, I'm very pleased she'll be leaving."

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Topics: Australia

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