Updated February 21st, 2021
TikTok stars Bryce Hall and Blake Gray have pled not guilty to misdemeanor charges related to multiple parties they threw at Sway House’s L.A. mansion during the coronavirus pandemic.
In August 2020, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced criminal charges against the former Sway boys for throwing massive gatherings which violated CDC guidelines as well as stay-at-home orders.
The main gathering in question was Bryce Hall’s 21st birthday party where hundreds of guests attended including multiple viral stars. Footage from the party revealed social distancing was not in effect and no masks were in sight.
Feuer addressed Sway House directly during a press conference, saying, “If you have a combined 19 million followers on TikTok in the middle of a public health crisis you should be modeling great behaviour and best practices rather than brazenly violating the law and posting videos about it.”
Bryce and Blake are accused of violating the Los Angeles Party House Ordinance and the City’s Safer L.A. Health Order for the parties they’ve held. They are reportedly facing up to one year in jail and up to a $2,000 fine and will be prosecuted by Deputy City Attorney Ethan Weaver.
The charges came off the back of multiple warnings from the Mayor of Los Angeles, who recently authorised the city to disconnect the Sway House’s utilities in an effort to stop the parties.
Feuer announced that party-goers may also face consequences depending on “what kind of behaviour we see.”
Despite the legal drama, both Bryce and Blake have been posting on social media as normal and have yet to address the charges.
If the global health crisis won’t force these TikTok kids to stay at home, hopefully potential jail time will.