Published On: Mon, May 3rd, 2021

Big Brother villain Daniel Hayes featured on A Current Affair for flouting lockdown rules

Look familiar? Big Brother villain Daniel Hayes featured on A Current Affair for flouting lockdown rules before his stint on the reality show

He found fame on this year’s season of Big Brother, but before appearing on reality TV, Daniel Hayes made a memorable appearance on A Current Affair.

According to a report by The Wash on Monday, the 48-year-old Big Brother villain appeared in an ACA report last year after breaking COVID lockdown restrictions.

Daniel was caught out bragging about crossing the Queensland border on his motorcycle during lockdown.

Scandal: He found fame on this year’s season of Big Brother, but before appearing on reality TV, Daniel Hayes made a memorable appearance on A Current Affair. Pictured alongside host Tracy Grimshaw

The controversial real estate agent rode his Harley Davison from Melbourne up to Surfers Paradise, despite state borders being closed at the time. 

Daniel had been granted special permission to travel interstate on ‘compassionate grounds’, which he used as an opportunity to buy a new tyre for his motorbike. 

He documented his travels on his YouTube channel, Million Dollar Bogan, which has over 80,000 subscribers. 

Flouting the rules: According to a report by The Wash on Monday, the 48-year-old Big Brother villain appeared in an ACA report last year after breaking COVID lockdown restrictions

Flouting the rules: According to a report by The Wash on Monday, the 48-year-old Big Brother villain appeared in an ACA report last year after breaking COVID lockdown restrictions

A Current Affair then picked up the story, with the divisive reality star attracting media backlash.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel at the time, Daniel claimed he’d received ‘a compassionate permit’ to travel during lockdown.

He then explained that he simply wanted to visit a Harley Davidson dealership in Queensland to change the back tyre on his motorcycle. 

Busted: Daniel was caught out bragging about crossing the Queensland border on his motorcycle during lockdown. Pictured on this year's Big Brother

Busted: Daniel was caught out bragging about crossing the Queensland border on his motorcycle during lockdown. Pictured on this year’s Big Brother

‘I’ve got to get across that border. If I don’t get across the border, I am going to crack the s**ts. Probably end up getting arrested,’ he said in the video.

Although he was stopped at the Queensland border by police, he was let through, despite the police officer admitting he was concerned he was ‘full of the lurgy’.

Daniel promised the police officer he’d be leaving the state the same day, but opted to stay overnight and even got a tattoo at a local tattoo parlour. 

Ride on: The controversial real estate agent rode his Harley Davison from Melbourne up to Surfers Paradise, despite state borders being closed at the time

Ride on: The controversial real estate agent rode his Harley Davison from Melbourne up to Surfers Paradise, despite state borders being closed at the time

He later told ACA that he had no regrets about flouting the rules, despite Queensland police saying they were conducting an investigation. 

‘I had a great time. It was wonderful to get out before we got locked down again. I don’t feel like I broke the law. I felt that I was honest with him and he let me through,’ he said at the time. 

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Daniel for comment.  

Unrepentant: He later told ACA that he had no regrets about flouting the rules, despite Queensland police saying they were conducting an investigation. Pictured on Big Brother

Unrepentant: He later told ACA that he had no regrets about flouting the rules, despite Queensland police saying they were conducting an investigation. Pictured on Big Brother

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