With boycott of Beverly Hills haunt, city confronts Brunei owners
Published on May 7, 2014 6:51 AM
BEVERLY HILLS, California (REUTERS) – The city of Beverly Hills will vote on Tuesday on whether to pressure the government of Brunei to divest from the Beverly Hills Hotel, the pink-hued haunt of the Hollywood set, after the small country’s enactment of syariah law prompted protests.
Comedians Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and British entrepreneur Richard Branson have been the most prominent figures to advocate shunning the hotel and the bungalows, a favoured locale for the Hollywood elite since it opened a century ago.
Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse said last week the city council would vote at its Tuesday meeting on a resolution urging the Brunei government to divest from the hotel and condemn the country’s laws.
Brunei, a former British protectorate of about 400,000 run by Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, last week became the first East Asian country to adopt the Islamic criminal law. It will punish offenses like sodomy and adultery with the death penalty, including by stoning.
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