'We’ve dealt with serious sh**': Russell Crowe's message to Aussies amid coronavirus outbreak

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

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.

Russell Crowe has urged all Australians to stick together. Photo: Getty Images

“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”.

The Oscar winner confirmed his property had been affected by the bushfires ravaging NSW and QLD on Twitter back in November.

“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.

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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