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CELEBRITIES URGE BOYCOTT OF BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL

May 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jay Leno and actress Francis Fisher led a rally on Monday urging a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei’s Dorchester Collection. (The sultan’s chain also includes the Hotel Bel Air, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London, Le Meurice and the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, the Hotel Eden in Rome, and other luxury hotels.) The rally called attention of the sultan’s imposition of Sharia criminal law in his country calling for same-sex relations, adultery and abortions to be punished by stoning. Other Hollywood celebrities have lent their support to the protest, including Sharon Osbourne, Ellen DeGeneres, and Richard Branson. Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group announced today (Tuesday) that it will move its annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast to another location this year. Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min, the co-president of the Guggenheim group, said, “The recent despicable decisions by the Sultan of Brunei make it impossible for us to consider moving forward in any way with any hotel that is part of the Dorchester Collection.” The Motion Picture and Television Fund is among other organizations that have also canceled events at the hotel.