Two TikTok stars have been charged after holding large house parties in Los Angeles in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Blake Gray and Bryce Hall were charged with misdemeanours for hosting the large gatherings in defiance of local health orders.
The two could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000 (£1,500), according to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.
‘If you have a combined 19 million followers on TikTok in the middle of a public health crisis, you should me modelling great behaviour… rather than brazenly violating the law,’ he said during a press conference.
It is alleged that Gray and Hall held a party on August 8, and had been issued a warning by the Los Angeles Police Department, who had responded to a complaint call about the gathering.
Less than a week later, officers were said to have been called back to the house responding to a ‘shots fired call’, according to Feuer.
He also states that police found no evidence of a gun, although they did find several hundred people celebrating Hall’s 21st birthday.
Feuer mentioned that when Gray was spoken to by police on August 14, he acknowledged the previous warning given to him by officers. He was then issued a final warning.
Power was later cut to the home in Hollywood Hills on August 19 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
‘Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders,’ he said at the time. ‘The city has now disconnected utilise at this home to stop these parties that endanger our community.’
It is not yet known if any cases of coronavirus have been linked to the parties.
Although party-goers are not subjected to citations or charges, Feuer has stressed this could change if this sort of behaviour was to continue.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Blake Gray and Bryce Hall for comment.
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