LOS ANGELES • TikTok stars Bryce Hall, 21, and Blake Gray, 19, are facing criminal charges for throwing mega-parties at their Hollywood Hills mansion in defiance of a ban against large gatherings in Los Angeles, prosecutors announced last Friday.
The two were each charged with a misdemeanour for violating the Safer L.A. health order and the city's Party House Ordinance, said Mr Mike Feuer, the Los Angeles city attorney.
The charges are among the first filed amid the city's crackdown on social gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. The two could face up to a year in jail and a fine of US$2,000 (S$2,717) if convicted.
"With hundreds of people attending, loud music all night long and cars blocking access for emergency vehicles, party houses are really out-of-control nightclubs, and they've hijacked the quality of life of neighbours nearby," Mr Feuer said in a statement last Friday. "As if that weren't enough, the hosts are incredibly irresponsible, with Covid-19 spreading and parties banned because of it. We've got to put a stop to it."
A representative for Hall and Gray declined to comment on the charges. Hall and Gray are prominent Gen-Z social media influencers with a combined 19 million followers on TikTok.
Mr Feuer said he hoped those with such a powerful platform would use it more responsibly. "You should be modelling good behaviour – not brazenly violating the law and posting videos about it, as we allege," he said.
On Aug 19, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles ordered the water shut off at Hall and Gray's home, also in response to their continued partying.
Hall threw at least three large parties this month, including one for his 21st birthday at a house in Encino with hundreds of guests. At least two of Hall's parties resulted in citations after neighbours called in noise complaints.
Mr Feuer said he was not aware of any coronavirus cases resulting directly from Hall and Gray's parties, but that the virus could stRead More – Source