WME Building Partially Evacuated After Suspicious Package Reported

Police instructed people on lower levels of agency’s Beverly Hills office to get out

Last Updated: November 7, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

The lower levels of WME’s office building in Beverly Hills were briefly evacuated on Wednesday after a suspicious package was reported, according to local law enforcement.

The first two floors of the building at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Camden Ave., which includes an Equinox gym, were cleared of occupants as police were called to investigate. Beverly Hills police have told TheWrap that the package was ruled non-threatening and that the evacuation has been lifted.

The evacuation comes two weeks after Florida resident Cesar Sayoc was arrested following an investigation into mail bombs sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump. Among the targets Sayoc is accused of sending bombs to are former President Barack Obama, Democratic donor George Soros, and actor Robert De Niro, the latter of whom said “F— Trump” onstage at this year’s Tony Awards.

The 56-year-old Sayoc was arraigned earlier this week, with a federal judge ordering the defendant to be held without bail.

The bomb scare has prompted major media outlets and Hollywood studios to increase their security measures, with a CNN executive telling TheWrap that all mail to their bureaus is now being diverted and scanned off-site. Meanwhile, bomb-sniffing dogs and plainclothes security were used at the premiere of Amazon Studios’ “Suspiria” last month.