4th UPDATE: Here likely will be the next step in the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air Hotel. ICM Partners has released an internal email telling its staffers that expenses will not be reimbursed if they come from either of the two hotels. ICM Partners joins a growing protest that has left the normally bustling Beverly Hills and Bel-Air Hotels with the ghostlike emptiness of The Shining‘s Overlook Hotel as the entertainment industry protests the harsh laws that are being enacted by hotel owner the Sultan of Brunei in his home country, measures that include death by stoning for gays and adulterers. Deadline will keep a running track of studios and agencies that take similar steps to put pressure on the Sultan. This is an unfortunate development for all of the hard workers at both hotels who rely on tips to feed their families, but this protest shows no signs of abating.
3RD UPDATE, Tuesday, May 6, 7:40 PM: Now there are lawyers involved. The Beverly Hills Bar Association is the latest group to cancel events at the Beverly Hills Hotel amid the growing boycott of the venue. The BHBA said today that it has yanked all of its upcoming events in protest of the harsh laws enacted last week by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei, in his home country. The bar association’s move comes three weeks after its biggest annual showbiz-related shindig, the Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Award. Read the BHBA’s statement at the bottom of the original post.
2ND UPDATE, May 5, 3:11 PM: The Feminist Majority Foundation, which is among the groups that have pulled events from the Beverly Hills Hotel, staged a rally across the street from the venue today. Its Global Women’s Rights Awards is co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno, and Conan Nolan’s Twitter photo shows the former Tonight Show host speaking during the protest.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: The Night Before event has followed suit and pulled its annual event from the Beverly Hills Hotel, as expected. Unless the hotel changes ownership or the Sultan changes the law, the event will be at another venue for the first time since its 2003 inception, insiders said. The board made the decision Friday, and they haven’t yet decided where to go. They slipped it to THR because it is a sponsor of the event. MPTF statement is at end of the story.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: Five days before its annual luncheon fundraiser this Wednesday, Teen Line has abruptly moved the event honoring Amy Pascal and others from the Beverly Hills Hotel. It is the latest event cancellation since hotel owner, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, announced a death-by-stoning decree for gays and adulterers in his home country. The Teen Line event, held each year at the iconic hotel, will be moving to the Sony lot. As prestige events continue to move to protest barbaric human rights violations, many in town feel that it is no longer a matter of if, but rather when, the Motion Picture & Television Fund‘s Night Before The Oscars event looks for a new venue for what is considered the preeminent pre-Oscar event. Read More »