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Australian hotel issues apology and fires employees who recorded Virat Kohli’s room

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The Australian hotel the Indian cricket team was staying at during their T20 World Cup games, Crown Towers Perth, issued a statement after their employees invaded Virat Kohli’s privacy and filmed his hotel room. The hotel apologised and removed the perpetrators from its premises, promising to ensure such an incident is not repeated.

On Monday, Kohli shared a video recorded by the Crown employees titled “King Kohli’s Hotel Room” on his Instagram, saying how disturbed he was by the invasion of his privacy. The hotel issued an apology the same day, according to a copy of the statement available with The Indian Express. “We unreservedly apologise to the guest involved and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure this remains an isolated incident,” it read. “Crown has taken immediate steps to rectify the issue. The individuals involved have been stood down and removed from the Crown account, and the original video was swiftly removed from the social media platform.”

The hotel management said an investigation is being conducted with the third-party contractor and that they will take any further steps necessary to ensure an incident of this nature does not happen again. “We are also cooperating with the Indian Cricket team and the International Cricket Council to convey our apologies and will continue to work with them as we progress the investigation,” they said.

The ICC also issued a statement on the matter saying it was “incredibly disappointed by the gross invasion of privacy” that Kohli had suffered. “We continue to work with event hotels and security providers to ensure that this remains an isolated incident and player privacy is fully respected at all times.”

In the video, the intruders panned the camera over Kohli’s shoes and belongings in the room. Though Kohli appreciates fans getting happy and excited to meet him, he did not appreciate this kind of fanaticism, saying he was feeling paranoid about his privacy. “If I cannot have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect any personal space at all??” he questioned.

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