The party’s well and truly over—at least for Bryce Hall and Blake Gray, two popular TikTokkers who are now facing criminal charges for partying during the COVID-19 pandemic. After months of fans helplessly watching creators and influencers violate health orders, this comeuppance, along with the city of Los Angeles turning off Hall and Gray’s electricity last week, feels like a long time coming. 

In a screenshot of a release shared by The New York Times’ Taylor Lorenz, L.A. city attorney Mike Feuer announced plans to file criminal charges against Hall and Gray, two members of the TikTok collective Sway House who have frequently thrown parties in their rental home in Hollywood Hills.

However, the most publicized parties only scratch the surface of the extent of Los Angeles influencers’ disregard for social distancing. In the past two months, at least 14 parties have allegedly been thrown by some of the top creators in the influencer space, broadcasting irresponsible pandemic behavior to hundreds of millions of followers as over 693,000 Californians have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 12,000 have died. 

July 11: Jake Paul throws the first highly-publicized party 

Fox 11’s Bill Melugin shares footage of a packed party at YouTuber Jake Paul’s Calabasas mansion, in which attendees are not wearing masks and, at one point, hanging off of construction equipment. Mayor Alicia Weintraub says she’ll collaborate with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station to implement a zero-tolerance policy. 

July 21: The Hype House hosts birthday party for Larray

Creators like Charli D’Amelio, Emma Chamberlain, James Charles, and Tana Mongeau are seen partying at the Hype House. In a video posted by the Hollywood Fix, Hype House manager Thomas Petrou says there are between 60 and 70 people in attendance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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July 22: The backlash begins

YouTuber Tyler Oakley, who has over seven million subscribers and has been on the platform since 2007, calls out the prominent Hype House party attendees by name and requests that they set a better example for their fans. Another viewer makes a petition asking the influencers to stop partying.

“i understand 100% where ur coming from & it was a dumb thing to do,” Larray replied. “I will do better & will actually take this shit seriously. appreciate you tyler much love.”

July 25: James Charles apologizes

James Charles releases a video vlogging his entire day leading up to the Hype House party, but removes footage from the party and replaces it with an apology. 

“Even though I have been wearing a mask in public and have tested negative multiple times, going to a party during a pandemic was a selfish & stupid decision,” he wrote. “People’s safety and keeping COVID-19 contained is FAR more important than celebrating a friend’s birthday and unsafe partying is not something I want to promote to my audience.”

Despite this, in the video, another birthday party can be seen on Charles's calendar.

 

July 26: Tana Mongeau is seen at another party

In the video, she famously says she and Erika Costell “don’t fucking care.”

July 27: Tana Mongeau apologizes

“I fully hold myself accountable for this and will be staying inside,” Mongeau wrote in her Instagram Story. “Actions like that don’t deserve a platform and I want to fully apologize and be better than this.”

July 31: Nessa Barrett throws a party for her music video

TikTokker Nessa Barrett is seen in Instagram Stories posted by @defnoodles throwing a party for the release of her music video.

August 1: Katie Sigmond attends a house party for her birthday

TikTokRoom posts a video of a crowded house party thrown for TikTokker Katie Sigmond.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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August 2: Jake Paul responds to criticism

"No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn't know what to do,” Paul told Business Insider. “But I personally am not the type of person who's gonna sit around and not live my life."

August 5: Mayor Eric Garcetti makes first threat to cut off utilities

“We can actually do the power or water shutoff after a first violation, but we like to educate, not enforce,” he announced. “We will not act lightly. But we will act.”

August 6: Thomas Petrou defends the parties to The NYT 

“Our jobs are to entertain people,” he told the outlet. “We live with groups of people, and we are all intertwined for work. We can’t put our entire lives on hold for a year and not make any money.”

August 8: Hype House allegedly throws another party

Photos posted by Tana Mongeau, Kenzie Ziegler, Katie Sigmond, and Nessa Barrett and shared by @defnoodles appear to show another large gathering at the Hype House.

Aug 11: The Alpha House allegedly throws a party and Sway House throws another party

Three days after its launch, the Alpha House allegedly threw a party with over 150 people.

August 12: Parties are thrown by Team 10 House, Not A Content House, Clubhouse BH, and Dixie D’Amelio

@DefNoodles once again captures the widespread parties on Instagram Stories. Charli D’Amelio also later documented Dixie D’Amelio’s birthday party, which hosted a number of influencers, in her vlog.

 

August 13: Sway House throws first party for Bryce Hall’s birthday 

August 14: Sway House throws giant birthday party for Bryce Hall in a rental home in Encino

There were allegedly strippers, gunshots, and (surprise) no masks or social distancing. There were reportedly over 100 people, and the party was broken up by the LAPD, according to Business Insider

August 18: Tyler Oakley has had enough

Tyler Oakley releases a full YouTube video calling out the influencers who are partying and shaming them for their reckless pandemic behavior. 

August 19: Utilities disconnected at Bryce Hall, Blake Gray, and Noah Beck’s house

Finally, some consequences, but Bryce Hall, Blake Gray, and Noah Beck use the opportunity to just make more content.

August 27:  L.A. city attorney Mike Feuer announces plans to file charges

Feuer says Hall and Gray face up to $2000 in charges and up to a year in jail.