Oscars party withdraws from LA Hotel over Brunei anti-gay law

celebrity-spottingThe Motion Picture & Television Fund have announced that they will not host their pre-Oscars fundraiser at the Beverly Hills Hotel next year. The organisation have spoken about their "deep concern" about the Sultan of Brunei's new anti-gay and anti-women laws, Variety reports. Last month, Hassanal Bolkiah - who owns the Beverley Hills Hotel - made anal sex punishable with death by stoning, alongside other offences like rape, adultery, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims. The Motion Picture Television Fund explained in a statement: “Representatives of MPTF met with the leadership of the Dorchester Collection and executives from The Beverly Hills Hotel to convey our deep concern about the recent enactment of laws in Brunei that call for violent punishment, including amputation and death by stoning, against those engaging in same-sex activity and extramarital sexual relations, and those committing adultery. “We expressed very clearly that we cannot condone or tolerate these harsh and repressive laws and as a result support a business owned by the Sultan of Brunei or a Brunei sovereign fund associated with the government of Brunei.” Sharon Osbourne, Stephen Fry, Richard Branson and Ellen DeGeneres are among the notable names who have supported a boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei in the wake of the new legislation. > Sharon Osbourne urges fans to join Brunei hotel boycott > Stephen Fry boycotts Ascot hotel over Brunei anti-gay law > LGBT group boycott LA hotel over Brunei anti-gay law