Towie's Diags breaks tier 2 lockdown rules at a crowded party in Essex
TOWIE star James ‘Diags’ Bennewith faces a £10,000 coronavirus fine for attending a raucous house party with “dozens” of other revellers.
Video footage from the all-night bash over the weekend shows the reality star, 29, worse for wear in a secret rave at a plush apartment.
In clips obtained by The Sun, Diags is seen barely able to keep his eyes open as a large group of pals dance around him.
Some partygoers in the video are seen inhaling ‘hippy crack’ balloons, with empty canisters strewn across a table and floor.
Others down drinks without consideration for social distancing.
The party defied government coronavirus ‘rule of six’ laws, which prohibits social gatherings of more than six people.
A source said the knees-up overnight Saturday to Sunday began at a friend’s birthday bash at Hainault Golf Club in Chigwell, Essex.
A separate video clip from the golf club party shows dozens of people packed into a bar and restaurant area dancing to thumping music.
A witness said Diags headed out with pals from 11pm Saturday to the golf club gathering before later attending the after-party at a nearby friend's house.
It was said to go on until around 7am on Sunday.
Today a staff member from Hainault Golf Club confirmed the party in the venue’s bar area was a private birthday party.
Despite video footage showing a huge crowd dancing, they insisted “everybody was sitting down”.
The worker told The Sun: “There was 25 people for a family birthday.
“They were all sitting down. It was nothing serious. It was all family, no one else.
“Maybe they were dancing but only for a few seconds.”
A source from the after party said: "James and everyone else who attended the golf club and after parties had absolutely no consideration for coronavirus rules whatsoever.
Diags could barely string a sentence together and an awkward silence hung in the air before Fran said: "Well it was lovely to see you all."
"You wouldn't think there was a global health pandemic going on.
"It's especially bad seeing him behave like that because he's meant to be a role model.
"Thousands of young, impressionable teenagers watch TOWIE and it sets an awful example to them.
"He was all over the place at the after party and didn't mind hugging and draping himself over friends during the night.
"It's safe to say he didn't have a care in the world for his or anyone else's safety when it came to covid-19.
Diags was approached for comment.
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