Australian film legends Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward fall victim to an extraordinary Chinese whispers campaign falsely claiming THEY are the northern beaches ‘superspreaders’
- Bryan Brown, Rachel Ward have been subject of false Avalon cluster rumours
- Gossip wrongly claimed they had been the northern beaches superspreaders
- It was apparently born of them being seen getting a Covid test last week
- They had been visiting their daughter who lives in the area at Whale Beach
- The test was negative, daughter Rosie told Daily Mail Australia on Monday
Two of Australia’s biggest name actors have fallen victim to bizarre viral rumours which wrongly claim they were the northern beaches ‘super-spreaders’.
Avalon star-spotters saw silver screen legends Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward in the small, now Covid-riddled, northern beaches village last week.
And ever since locked down locals have shared a series of overexcited stories about the actors – all of it rubbish.
Several Twitter users wrongly claimed that Brown and Ward were the unnamed couple, aged in their 60s and 70s, who infamously flouted self-isolation rules.
Australian film royalty Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward have fallen victim to a bizarre and untrue rumour they were the Avalon cluster’s Covid super-spreaders
One user swept up in the false viral rumour offered to sell Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward on Northern Beaches Buy, Sell, Swap after making the false claim they were ‘patient zero’
Other versions of the flimsy tale claimed the star couple must have been in home quarantine and had given Covid to their personal trainer.
For the record, none of it is true. Their businesswoman daughter Rosie put the bizarre gossip to bed.
‘My sister lives at Whale Beach,’ she explained Daily Mail Australia on Monday afternoon.
‘I think they were down there on Wednesday before everything started coming out about the northern beaches and when they heard, they got tested and they’re fine.
‘They both got tested because they were in Avalon – they’re negative.’
Rosie added that her parents likewise haven’t been overseas since well before Covid.
And they also don’t have a personal trainer, as one version of the tale claimed.
Anytime Fitness Avalon – one of subjects of the false story – agreed, posting about their alleged role in the false tale: ‘THIS IS NOT IN ANY WAY CORRECT.’
Anytime Fitness Avalon was forced to issue a desperate message telling followers the false rumour was ‘not in any way correct’
Bryan Brown (second from left) starred in an Australian comedy film, Palm Beach, which was directed by his wife. However, the family does not actually live on the northern beaches
The star couple got tested after visiting Avalon last week – and became the subject of a Chinese whispers campaign (queues at a testing facility above)
The bizarre tale can be put to rest after NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said on Monday was ‘really critical’ for people not to criticise virus patients.
‘It is really critical that we do not call out people in this outbreak or send myths around who spread it to whom and who has contributed and who seeded it.
‘It’s really counterproductive,’ Dr Chant said. ‘At the moment, people need to come forward for testing.’
Dr Chant said the state’s residents should thank every single person gets tested – as Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward did last week.
There were a record 38,000 Covid tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.
, 2020-12-21 06:06:41