TikTok star Bryce Hall‘s birthday party allegedly drew hundreds of mask-less partygoers to a Hollywood Hills home this weekend—and another visit from the LAPD.
The 21-year-old Hall, a member of L.A. TikTok collective Sway House, threw a birthday party on Friday, which, according to TMZ, was finally shut down by LAPD around 4am Saturday morning, but not before strippers dressed as cops allegedly showed up. YouTuber Def Noodles collected some videos and photos from the party, which show no masks or social distancing.
L.A. County currently prohibits large indoor gatherings and parties, though that hasn't stopped them from occurring. Throughout the summer, several influencer houses, like Hype House, hosted well-documented parties, even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Thomas Petrou, Hype House's founder, told the New York Times these events are part of their "jobs." Sway House held another party last week, which included illegal fireworks and also prompted a visit from LAPD.
Mayor Eric Garcetti had previously vowed to shut off utilities to influencer houses hosting parties. According to the L.A. Times, a final notice of "noncompliance" was issued to Sway House on Friday, which means utilities could be cut off within 48 hours. While the L.A. Times received no comment about whether that will happen, YouTuber Elijah Daniel claimed on Sunday that he spoke with the mayor's office, and that both Sway and Hype House will have utilities shut off Tuesday.
This influencer-house chaos is happening as the fate of TikTok remains unclear: Earlier this month, Trump issued an executive order that would essentially ban TikTok in the U.S. Josh Richards, a former Sway House member, announced his move to Triller, a TikTok alternative, last month. On Saturday, the Hollywood Fix asked Hall about the party, as he jumped in a Triller-branded van. He had no comment. This weekend, Trump officially joined Triller.