General News

Women in Entertainment breakfast pulled from Beverly Hills Hotel over gay rights scandal

By:
May 05, 2014 | 6:59pm EDT

The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast is set for a venue change due to the Beverly Hills Hotel's links to the Sultan of Brunei. Just hours after the organisers of the Night Before the Oscars party ended their relationship with the hotel's bosses, the people behind the Women in Entertainment soiree announced they are moving on after 20 years at the Beverly Hills landmark. Both parties are upset about anti-gay laws that the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the hotel, has instituted in his homeland. Ellen DeGeneres and Brits Sharon Osbourne and Richard Branson have already joined a widespread boycott of the hotels Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah owns, after learning of a severe new anti-gay penal code introduced in Brunei last week (ends02May14), which calls for Muslims caught performing homosexual acts to be stoned to death. Bosses at The Hollywood Reporter have notified the Beverly Hills Hotel management that they will not be holding the Women in Entertainment breakfast there in December (14). The party is held to celebrate the annual list of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment. Oprah Winfrey was honoured with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award last year (13). Movie mogul Lansing's husband, William Friedkin, is among the celebrities calling for a boycott of the hotel.

More General News