Moment ‘Avril Lavigne lookalike’ hits deputy Irish PM Leo Varadkar with smoothie

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A woman who "looked like Avril Lavigne" threw a smoothie over Irish deputy PM Leo Varadkar while he made a speech about the new lockdown in Dublin.

The decision to put the Irish city under another lockdown as coronavirus cases spike again has been divisive news, with many people worrying it will end struggling local businesses.

In the clip, filmed in Merrion Square, a woman wearing an oversized hoodie and carrying a skateboard under her arm approaches the crowd of people.

She then edges towards Mr Varadkar and launches a drink all over his face and suit – making him leap back in shock.

While the stunned politician tries to clean himself up, the woman sprints away from the scene.

Mr Varadkar later joked he thought the assailant was "Sk8er Boi" and "Complicated" hit-maker Avril Lavigne at first, realising his mistake as the smoothie dripped through his suit, Dublin Live reports.

He said: "I was in Merrion Square earlier on just filming a video to explain to the people of Dublin some of the decisions that were made today.

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"When I saw her coming towards me I actually thought she was Avril Lavigne at first because she had the skateboard and everything – but she wasn’t.

"She also had a smoothie, which ended up all over my face and halfway down my suit, but I had a spare suit so I just got on with the day’s work," he added.

The deputy PM sounded unflustered and said he wouldn't be asking for extra security.

He said: "I haven’t spoken to the Gardai yet, but I believe that they’ll want to speak to me and I’ll do that next week."

A Garda spokesman told Dublin Live: "Gardaí are investigating an incident that occurred in Merrion Square today, September 18, at approximately 3pm.

"Investigations are ongoing."

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