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Victoria Police’s former chief commissioner has branded Nadia Bartel a ‘moron’ after footage emerged of her snorting white powder at an illegal gathering in Melbourne.
Kel Glare – who served the role from 1987 to 1992 – slammed the ex-AFL WAG’s actions to the Sunday Herald Sun, over a week after Nadia’s friend and business partner Ellie Pearson accidentally uploaded the video to Instagram on September 2.
‘Not many people are stupid enough to have themselves filmed doing an illegal act,’ Mr Glare said. ‘You’ve got to be something of a moron to do that.’
Not impressed: Former Victoria Police commissioner Kel Glare (left) has branded ex-AFL WAG Nadia Bartel (right) a ‘moron’ after a video emerged of her snorting white powder at an illegal gathering in Melbourne on September 2
Nadia, 36, and three other women were issued Penalty Infringement Notices and fined $5,452 for attending the illegal gathering during lockdown.
The current chief commissioner of Victoria Police, Shane Patton, confirmed that they were taking no further action because officers were ‘unable to determine what the substance on the plate was’.
In his interview, Mr Glare called for police to re-open their investigation into the Henne creator, arguing it could set a ‘bad example’ about drug use.
Shock footage: In the video, Nadia is seen snorting the powder off a $1.50 Kmart plate being held by a dark-haired woman, as a third woman displays a two-fingered hand gesture in the background
It comes after Nadia was slammed for issuing a ‘gutless’ apology after footage emerged of her breaking Melbourne’s lockdown and snorting the white powder at a party on the evening of Thursday September 2.
Victorians living under lockdown are prohibited from holding private gatherings.
The video was accidentally uploaded to Instagram by her friend Ellie Pearson, and was published for about 10 minutes before being deleted.
Nadia wrote a statement to Instagram after the embarrassing video was leaked, but some fans slammed her brief apology and condemned her for turning off comments on her post.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford Tweeted: ‘Probably wisely Nadia doesn’t want to see public response with comments turned off… and to her credit she didn’t reach into the Glomesh and pull out the mental health card.’
‘Cannot believe ANY company will keep her on as an influencer! Choices have consequences. Committed a crime shoved it in the face of everyone following lockdown rules,’ one person commented.
Apology: The former WAG wrote a statement to Instagram last Friday after the embarrassing video was leaked
In Nadia’s short apology, she vowed to ‘make better choices’ moving forward and admitted that she was humiliated over the incident.
‘Hi everyone, I have let you all down by my actions. I take full responsibility and I am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in future,’ she wrote in an Instagram post.
‘To my family and friends, my business partners and the public health workers trying to keep us all safe, I am embarrassed and remorseful.
‘I am truly and deeply sorry. I hope I can earn your forgiveness and, in time, your trust.’
Nadia is also facing calls to ditch her AFL star ex-husband Jimmy’s famous surname, with critics saying she should revert back to her maiden name Coppolino.
‘Bartel name ruined!’ Critics are also calling for Nadia to revert back to her maiden name Coppolino after ‘bringing shame’ to her ex-husband Jimmy’s surname amid her snorting scandal. Pictured with Jimmy in 2017
The fashion designer has continued to use former Geelong Cats star and Brownlow Medallist Jimmy’s surname since the AFL couple’s split in August 2019.
‘Seems like now would finally be a good time for Nadia Bartel to stop using her ex-husband’s surname and revert to her own. Sure, no one will know who she is, but maybe that’s for the best after today,’ one user Tweeted last Friday.
‘Bartel surname ruined,’ one added, while another agreed: ‘Dragging the Bartel name through the mud yet again.’
Following the incident, a Victoria Police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Monday: ‘Four women have been issued with Penalty Infringement Notices following a gathering at a Richmond address in contravention of the Chief Health Officer’s restrictions.
‘The incident occurred at a private address on Thursday, September 2, at 4pm.
‘A 36-year-old Windsor woman, a 32-year-old Richmond woman, a 33-year-old Pascoe Vale woman and a 35-year-old Strathmore woman have all been issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice for failing to comply with requirements in relation to a private or public gathering.
‘The monetary penalty for each Penalty Infringement Notice is $5,452. A fifth woman at the address was not charged as she was complying with CHO employment restrictions.’
Fined: Nadia was fined $5,452 for attending the illegal party on September 2