The T20 World Cup has been hit with controversy after Indian star Virat Kohli fumed after a stranger seemingly videoed inside his hotel room while the cricketer was away.
Kohli posted a video of what looked to be a stranger going through his hotel room, including in the closet, with a caption of “King Kohli’s Hotel Room” accompanying the footage.
The 34-year-old slammed the video as “appalling” and said “it’s made me feel very paranoid about my privacy”.
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“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.
”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.”
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Crown Perth confirmed that the individual in the video was a “contractor” who has since been stood down.
“The safety and privacy of our guests is our number one priority, and we are incredibly disappointed this incident has occurred,” a Crown Resorts spokesperson said on Monday night.
“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.
“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 our investigation.”
The Indian team was in Perth over the weekend preparing for Sunday night’s group stage clash against South Africa, which they lost by five wickets.
India is headed to Adelaide where it will face Bangladesh on Wednesday evening, before its final group stage clash against Zimbabwe at the MCG on Sunday.
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