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Nadia Bartel ‘assisting police’ after alleged lockdown breach

Melbourne influencer and former AFL WAG Nadia Bartel is assisting police with their investigation into a video of her purportedly breaching COVID-19 restrictions and allegedly taking an illegal drug.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Racing, Martin Pakula, said on Saturday Ms Bartel should be “embarrassed” for “flouting” lockdown rules.

The footage, which was posted accidentally on her business partner Ellie Pearson’s Instagram story, shows Ms Bartel sniffing white powder off a plate while surrounded by a group of friends.

Nadia Bartel.

Nadia Bartel.

The state’s current COVID-19 rules restrict any social gatherings inside or outside the home.

Victoria Police confirmed on Saturday they were speaking to Ms Bartel after the video, which they said depicted “alleged illicit drug use and an alleged breach of CHO directions”, circulated social media on Friday.

“Victoria Police has made contact with a 36-year-old Windsor woman who is assisting with inquiries,” a spokeswoman said.

“As the investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Ms Bartel’s lucrative endorsements, contracts and ambassadorships, including make-up brand MECCA and JSHealth vitamin supplements, are in doubt after the incident.

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