Bruce Willis apologises for refusing to wear face mask in US shop

Actor, 65, described the incident as an 'error in judgment'

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07:  Bruce Willis attends the UK Premiere of 'A Good Day To Die Hard' at Empire Leicester Square on February 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Actor Bruce Willis has come under fire for refusing to wear a face mask in public.

The Die Hard star was asked to leave a Los Angeles Rite Aid on Monday when he objected to wearing a mask, according to Page Six.

"People inside the store became upset that Willis, 65, wasn’t wearing a mask, despite having a bandana tied around his neck, which he could have easily pulled up," the US tabloid reported.

A photo of the actor leaving the shop has since gone viral on Twitter.


"It was an error in judgment," a representative for the actor told People. "Be safe out there everyone and let's continue to mask up."

The Armageddon actor is father to five daughters – Mabel, 8, and Evelyn, 5, with wife Emma Heming Willis and Rumer, 32, Scout, 29, and Tallulah, 26, with ex-wife Demi Moore.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US has recorded 22,836,244 coronavirus cases, with 932,697 confirmed in Los Angeles County.

With 12,387 confirmed coronavirus deaths, the county has the highest mortality rate in the country.