Updated Jul 19, 2021 - World

Australia deports far-right U.K. commentator Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins is seen as British far-right activist Tommy Robinson appears at the Old Bailey on July 11, 2019 in London, England.
Far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins in London, England, in 2019. Photo: Luke Dray/Getty Images

Far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins was being deported from Australia Monday after boasting about breaching the country's pandemic rules.

Of note: New South Wales police said in a statement they helped the Australian Border Force transfer a 46-year-old U.K.-bound woman, later identified as Hopkins, to Sydney International Airport and issued her with an AU$1000 fine ($737) for breaching hotel quarantine rules by not wearing a face covering.

Why it matters: While in mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney, Hopkins posted a since-deleted video online in which she railed against lockdowns and joked about breaching the rules by answering the door naked and maskless to people delivering her meals.

What they're saying: The producers of the TV show "Big Brother VIP" and the Seven Network said in a statement Sunday that Hopkins would not appear on the program and they "strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine."

  • Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier Monday that Hopkins' visa had been canceled overnight and officials would be "getting her out of the country" as soon as arrangements could be made.

Flashback: Hopkins' predominantly Islamophobic Twitter messages were amplified by former President Trump before she was banned by the platform for violating its hateful conduct policy.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with further details on Hopkins' deportation and fine.

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