SAG-AFTRA’s Los Angeles Office Evacuated Again After Phone Threat

Threat comes two days after previous evacuations in both L.A. and New York offices

Last Updated: January 9, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

The SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles office has been evacuated again after a phone threat, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap. It came two days after both the L.A. and New York offices were evacuated due to another threat.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the New York office is also being searched.

“Earlier this morning, we received a telephone threat targeting our Los Angeles and New York national offices,” a spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA told TheWrap. “We notified law enforcement and evacuated the buildings. The police department investigated and has determined that the threat is not sufficiently credible and we returned to our offices.”

The LAPD spokesperson told TheWrap that a call came into the LAPD on Thursday at 10:26 a.m. regarding a phone threat. No bomb squad was called, but three cop cars were at the L.A. office. No further information is available at the time.

On Tuesday, both offices were evacuated as well. A spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA said in a statement that the organization “received a telephone threat of an attack targeting our Los Angeles and New York offices. 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.”

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.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.