Indian cricket superstar Virat Kohli said Monday that he has become « paranoid about his privacy » after an unknown person apparently filmed the inside of his Perth hotel room.
Kohli, 33, took to social media to denounce the actions of the intruder, who filmed the affairs at the batsman’s hotel in Crown Perth as India prepared for the T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this month.
« I understand that fans are very happy and excited to see their favorite players and can’t wait to meet them and I’ve always appreciated that, » Kohli wrote to his 221 million followers on Instagram.
« But this video here is appalling and it has made me very paranoid about my personal life. If I can’t have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect any personal space at all?. I do NOT agree with this kind of bigotry and absolute invasion of privacy. Please respect people’s privacy and don’t treat them like an entertainment commodity. »
It’s unclear when the video was taken or how it came into Kohli’s possession, but Crown Perth said the incident occurred outside of the T20 World Cup competition.
The institution apologized to the guest involved and said it continues to take the necessary steps to keep this an isolated incident.
« We have zero tolerance for this behavior, and it falls far short of the standards we set for our team members and contractors. »
Indeed, management at the Crown hotel chain took immediate action to rectify the issue, including launching an investigation, terminating the individuals involved and removing them from the Crown account.
The original video was quickly removed from the social media platform, and Australian drummer David Warner noted that the video – which shows Kohli’s bags, closet, bathroom and clothes – was « ridiculous » and « totally unacceptable. »