CBS Los Angeles
February 14, 2013

Gay rights activists on Wednesday called for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, citing the hotel owner’s ties to alleged “state-sponsored homophobia.” The group Dump The Beverly Hills Hotel released a video urging supporters to stop patronizing the landmark resort due to its ownership by the Sultan of Brunei, a country in Southeast Asia where homosexuality is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Billionaire Hassan al-Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah first purchased the property in 1987 for $185 million from previous owners Marvin and Barbara Davis. The campaign video is accompanied by a public letter that starts with the greeting “Dear Beverly Hills Hotel” and calls on supporters to neither “eat, meet or sleep” at the hotel.