Former Indian National Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli was staying at the Crown Perth hotel when the footage of his hotel room was taken.
The hotel has apologised for violating Kohli’s privacy and suspended the employee who took it.
Virat Kohli, the master of Indian batting, posted a shocking video of his Perth hotel room on Instagram on Monday, October 31. The video was shot by someone who broke into his room and started filming.
As a result of the fan’s video that was taken after breaking into his room, Kohli claimed that he is now “very paranoid” about maintaining his privacy.
“I understand that fans get very happy and excited seeing their favourite players and get excited to meet them and I’ve always appreciated that,” Kohli wrote on Instagram, while also posting the video taken by the unidentified fan.
“But this video here is appalling and it’s made me feel very paranoid about my privacy. If I cannot have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect any personal space at all?? I’m NOT okay with this kind of fanaticism and absolute invasion of privacy. Please respect people’s privacy and not treat them as a commodity for entertainment,” Kohli added.
After the incident, the Crown Perth Hotel apologised.
The incident’s participants have all “stood down,” according to a statement made public by Crown Perth, and the video of Virat Kohli’s hotel room has been swiftly taken down from the social media accounts of those who were involved.
“The safety and privacy of our guests is our number one priority, and we are incredibly disappointed this incident has occurred. We unreservedly apologise to the guest involved and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure this remains an isolated incident,” Crown said in a statement.
“We have zero tolerance for this behaviour, and it falls well below the standards we set for our team members and contractors.
“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,” it added.
“Crown is conducting an investigation with the third-party contractor and 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,” the statement added.