His NSW home was ravaged by bushfires in November and now Russell Crowe has taken to his Instagram to remind Australians to band together during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Aussie actor uploaded a series of snaps of burnt trees and burning fires to his social media account from back in 2019, near his palatial 320-hectare property in Nana Glen, west of Coffs Harbour.
“Hey Australia, Just a reminder, we’ve dealt with serious shit before, and we will deal with what confronts us now. Together (minimum 1.5 metres apart),” he wrote.
Many Aussies commented on the post with one woman saying: We are in this together. We will beat coronavirus. Wash hands, keep distance, stay home, keep safe.”
Another person simply said: “Thank you, I needed that”.
“Fire hit my place late in the day yesterday. My heart goes out to everyone in the valley,” he wrote.
“I’m not in Australia. My family are safe, billeted with friends.”
But instead of banding together amid the crisis, one angry local woman suggested emergency fire services gave the star’s home preferential treatment while battling the blaze – despite the NSW Rural Fire Service saying that wasn’t possible.
I’m not in Australia.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 12, 2019
My family are safe, billeted with friends.
Fire hit my place late in the day yesterday.
My heart goes out to everyone in the valley. pic.twitter.com/EsLKtDQM51
Lost a couple of buildings , but overall very lucky so far.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 12, 2019
Chapel roof scorched.
Deepest thanks to everyone on the ground.
Some fires still burning and we are out of water.
No livestock deaths to date.
Let the chickens out and they are back, warm worms for breakfast! pic.twitter.com/kaKJ351MXC
Russell’s niece, Chelsea Crowe, also hit back at those ‘bulls**t’ claims in a Facebook post, saying, “Unfortunately, there is a lot of gossip and bulls**t going around that fire crews abandoned properties in favour to protect Russell's home.”
“If you look at a map and knew the boundary lines the entire property is backed by Tallawudjah and the state forest. Whilst they moved to (sic) crews to a previously scouted vantage point to attack it as it came through the ridge.
“This move was not to protect his buildings in particular. It wouldn't have mattered who lived there. So if you think they were favouring a few buildings of his only, kindly f**k off.”
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