Hungarian MEP admits he was at lockdown ‘orgy’

József Szájer says he was at party that was broken up by police.

Hungarian MEP admits he was at lockdown ‘orgy’

An MEP from Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party admitted Tuesday that he took part in a “lockdown party” — local media described it as “an orgy” — that was broken up by Brussels police.

József Szájer said in a statement that he was “present” at the “private party” — at which, according to the Belgian press, police found 25 naked men, including an MEP and an unnamed number of diplomats. The media report also said the MEP tried to flee through a window but injured himself in the process and was apprehended by police before claiming European Parliament immunity.

Szájer said police gave him “an official verbal warning” and took him home. He said he had not taken drugs — media reports said drugs were found at the scene — and added that he was “sorry” and that he “deeply” regretted breaking COVID restrictions, “it was irresponsible on my part. I am ready to stand for the fine that occurs.”

An official close to the investigation said officers were called after “a legal complaint for night-time disturbance” was lodged about a “lockdown party” in an apartment on Friday night in the center of Brussels.

Szájer resigned as an MEP on Sunday.

The airline Ryanair seized on the fleeing through a window element of the story in a tweet on Tuesday, writing: “Looking to make a quick escape from Brussels? We have flights from just €14.99 (in this case we don’t recommend the window seat).”

Belgium announced a second lockdown last month, with a curfew in place and gatherings of more than four people not allowed.