The SAG-AFTRA offices in Los Angeles and New York have been evacuated after a phone threat, TheWrap has confirmed.
“Earlier today, SAG-AFTRA received a telephone threat of an attack targeting our Los Angeles and New York offices,” a spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA said in a statement to TheWrap. “We immediately notified law enforcement and they are on the scene investigating. At the recommendation of law enforcement we evacuated our employees and at 12:50 p.m. PT made the decision to close our Los Angeles and New York offices for the day so the police can do a thorough sweep..The safety of our members and staff is paramount and we are taking every precaution to effectively manage the situation as advised by the professional law enforcement representatives on site. We have no other information to share at this time.”
A spokesperson for the LAPD told TheWrap confirmed that they are currently investigating a phone threat.
The Los Angeles offices are located in Wilshire Blvd. in the Miracle Mile area near the La Brea Tar Pits. The New York offices have been located at One Lincoln Plaza on Broadway since relocating from Madison Ave. in 2013.
The actors’ union recently announced its plans to expand its existing investigation of Fremantle Media to include “American Gods” in addition to “America’s Got Talent.” It originally announced the investigation based on the firing of Gabrielle Union from the production company’s “AGT” but announced last month that it would add “American Gods” to the investigation following actor Orlando Jones’ claim that his firing from the Starz series had to do with race.
Deadline was first to report the news of the evacuation.
'Green Book' and 13 Other Best Picture Winners That Don't Hold Up (Photos)
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Some Oscar winners stand the test of time — these, not so much
By now, we all know that the film the Academy selects as the "Best Picture" of any given year is rarely the actual Best Picture, but some years it's hard to explain why they picked what they picked. Nevermind "Shakespeare in Love" beating "Saving Private Ryan," because at least "Shakespeare in Love" is a handsome production with a witty script. Nevermind "Dances with Wolves" beating "Goodfellas," because at least "Dances with Wolves" is a respectable western.
We're taking a look at the films that we can't watch, even in a vacuum, without cringing nowadays. And when you compare them with the nominees that didn't earn the Oscar, it's just plain hard to justify why the Academy voted the way it did.