Virat Kohli has been issued an apology from Crown Resorts after employees were allegedly filmed in a Perth hotel room of the Indian cricket superstar.
The hotel has also stood down a contractor, whilst Kohli shared the video in question on social media yesterday labelling it as “appalling” and “making me feel paranoid about my 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,” the Indian international cricketer and former captain of the India national cricket team expressed on Instagram.
“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”.
In response, Crown Resorts noted that the safety and privacy of guests “is our number one priority,” and stressed that the group, and property in question, “are incredibly disappointed this incident has occurred”.
A Crown Resorts spokesperson said: “We unreservedly apologise to the guest involved and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure this remains an isolated incident.
“We have zero tolerance for this behaviour, and it falls well below the standards we set for our team members and contractors.
“Crown took immediate steps to rectify the issue, including launching an investigation, standing down the individuals involved and removing them from the Crown account. The original video was also swiftly removed from the social media platform.”
The company is also working alongside the Indian Cricket team and the International Cricket Council to issue further apologies and issue assurances that an investigation is ongoing.