TikTok stars Bryce Hall, Blake Gray face criminal charges for wild parties during pandemic

TikTok stars Bryce Hall and Blake Gray are facing criminal charges for allegedly throwing large parties during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that he will be filing charges against the social media influencers, as well as against two other alleged party-throwers, with penalties including up to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

According to the City Attorney’s complaints, the misdemeanor charges are "an effort to crack down on party houses, potential superspreader events for COVID-19."

USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Hall and Gray for comment.

In a release, Feuer compared the parties at Hall and Gray's rented home in the Hollywood Hills to "out of control nightclubs" that "hijacked the quality of life of neighbors nearby" and said they violated the Safer L.A. Health Order and the City’s Party House Ordinance.

Feuer said he is not aware of any COVID-19 cases that have yet been linked to the Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 house parties, but the two-week period for symptoms to appear has not passed. Los Angeles police responded to both parties, which featured several hundred guests, and issued citations.

"The hosts are incredibly irresponsible, with COVID-19 spreading and parties banned because of it. We’ve got to put a stop to it," he continued. "If you have a combined 19-million followers on TikTok during this health crisis, you should be modeling good behavior – not brazenly violating the law and posting videos about it, as we allege."

Though the influencers have not commented on the charges publicly yet, they each posted lighthearted TikTok videos to their respective accounts on Friday following the city attorney's announcement.

Giovanny Valencia (R) and Bryce Hall attend Beautycon Festival Los Angeles 2019 at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Hall, who boasts over 13 million followers on TikTok and 6 million Instagram followers, allegedly rang in his 21st birthday on Aug. 14 with a massive house party, according to footage shared across social media. Videos showed many mask-less guests partying shoulder-to-shoulder while being entertained by scantily clad male and female dancers. 

The Los Angeles Police Department told USA TODAY that officers responded to the large Hollywood Hills gathering and a final notice was issued for violating Mayor Eric Garcetti's Safer L.A. Public Order, which prohibits home gatherings "of any number of people."

The city of Los Angeles cut the power at the Hollywood Hills home on August 19, according to Feuer's release.

This was not the first house party Hall has hosted as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in California. According to Feuer's release, LAPD visited the same home over a large gathering on Aug. 8, where officers posted warnings on the property.

"Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders," Garcetti said in a press release Aug. 19. "The City has now disconnected utilities at this home to stop these parties that endanger our community." 

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There are over 691,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California, with at least 12,677 deaths as of Friday, according to USA TODAY's coronavirus map. Los Angeles County has recorded over 230,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 5,500 deaths, making it the hardest-hit county in the state.

Feuer said these parties don't just put attendees at risk.

“These individuals who attend your parties could leave and spread (the virus) to siblings, to parents, to grandparents, to coworkers, to others in the public,” he said.

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Contributing: Charles Trepany, USA TODAY; Associated Press