Academy Awards venue change forces crew to take care of higher-crime space in Los Angeles


The 93rd Academy Awards’ change of venue as a result of coronavirus places Hollywood’s largest stars in additional hazard of town’s prison ingredient than regular. 

Fox Information confirmed {that a} man was arrested within the Union Station space the place crew members had been setting as much as welcome the largest film stars of the 12 months in a while Sunday. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Division mentioned a male grownup was taken into custody for personal individual battery after he pushed a safety guard who tried to cease him from allegedly breaking right into a secured space. 

The suspect was taken into custody by police shortly after the incident round 11 a.m. PT. The police spokesperson famous that the safety guard was not injured within the incident. 

The Oscars, which often happen on the Dolby Theater, are within the downtown Los Angeles area for the primary time ever in an effort to reimagine the present in a secure approach in order that celebrities and filmmakers can really attend the occasion, marking one of many first main award exhibits to take action for the reason that coronavirus pandemic hit. 

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The Academy Awards will happen in a special venue in 2021.
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Nonetheless, TMZ notes that the change of venue locations the occasion in a higher-crime space of town than regular, which can be attracting extra hazard and presumably placing extra individuals at an elevated danger. 

The outlet reviews that the arrest on Sunday was not the one such incident to happen because the Academy Awards had been organising. Earlier this week, TMZ reviews {that a} crew member for the present was mugged within the space and the suspect is reportedly nonetheless at giant.

The LAPD spokesperson had no info on that incident when reached by Fox Information. 

The arrest comes amid reviews that steps had been taken by the Academy to voluntarily relocate the homeless inhabitants that often inhabits the realm. 

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In response to FOX 11 Los Angeles, homeless teams had been ordered to vacate the realm a few week earlier than the star-studded occasion.

“They got here to us a few week in the past saying that we needed to transfer by Friday 6 p.m. as a result of they had been attempting to wash up for the Oscars,” a person named DJ advised FOX 11. “They advised us if we didn’t transfer, they had been gonna simply demolish our stuff.”

DJ, who frequents the realm together with his tent, added that many had been “compelled” to go to the Grand Resort between West third and North Figueroa Avenue – which is roughly 1.5 miles away on foot.

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A man was arrested for trying to break into a secure area near the 93rd Academy Awards in Union Station in Los Angeles. 

A person was arrested for attempting to interrupt right into a safe space close to the 93rd Academy Awards in Union Station in Los Angeles. 
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Nonetheless, a media consultant for the Academy Awards advised Fox Information that organizers for the Oscars have labored with a number of neighborhood, county and metropolis nonprofits to restrict disruption for Union Station’s homeless inhabitants, together with the Los Angeles Homeless Providers Authority and Individuals Helping the Homeless.

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Teams engaged on the present have reportedly approached unhoused people with presents of everlasting or momentary relocation. Nonetheless, it’s mentioned that relocation has in the end been elective and never compelled. Different providers which were supplied embody meals, COVID-19 vaccines and extra.

Fox Information’ Cortney Moore contributed to this report.

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