Los Angeles Shuts Off Water And Power To Hollywood Hills Home After Large Parties Violate Health Rules

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TOPLINE

Los Angeles on Wednesday shut off utilities to a Hollywood Hills home that reportedly belongs to TikTok stars Bryce Hall, Noah Beck and Black Gray—the first time Mayor Eric Garcetti has taken such action to crack down on house parties that remain an issue in the city as it combats the coronavirus.

KEY FACTS

Garcetti said he authorized the city to disconnect utility services to a house in the Hollywood Hills because it threw large parties in “flagrant violation of our public health orders.”

Garcetti warned earlier this month the city would shut off water and power to houses that repeatedly flout local health rules, which prohibit indoor gatherings with people outside a single household.

In a statement, Garcettti said the LAPD visited and posted warnings on the property on two occasions, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14, while large parties were in progress.

The statement did not mention an address or who owns the home, but New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz reported it’s a rental property occupied by TikTok stars Bryce Hall, Noah Beck and Blake Gray.

Hall—and other influencers who attended—received widespread criticism last week for throwing a large 21st birthday party with strippers, little social distancing and mask usage at a separate rental home in the Encino Hills. (That home did not have its utilities disconnected.)

Hall, Beck and Gray did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.

Crucial quote

“Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders,” the mayor’s statement reads.

Key background

Party houses continue to be a persistent issue in Los Angeles county. ABC7 reported that 13 citations related to parties were issued last weekend alone. The issue reached a breaking point earlier this month after a mansion party thrown for an unidentified NFL player ended in a shooting that killed one and injured three others.



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