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Bryce Hall and Blake Gray plead not guilty to violating L.A. health orders with parties

Published: 20/Feb/2021 17:40

by Charlotte Colombo

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After a string of huge house parties over the summer, TikTok stars Bryce Hall and Blake Gray have pled not guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Hall and Gray, who found fame as part of the now-defunct content collective Sway House, were charged with causing a public nuisance in late August.

After initially getting in trouble with the law for a party on August 8, where police issued them with a violation notice, citation and warning, videos emerged of hundreds of people gathering at the boys’ Hollywood Hills mansion on August 14. This second party was said to be a celebration for Bryce Hall’s 21st birthday.

Bryce Hall poses in front of water
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Bryce Hall is a hugely popular star on TikTok, currently with over 19 million followers.

Bryce Hall and Blake Gray plead not guilty to the charges

E! News revealed that on Thursday 18 February, the duo submitted pleas of not guilty to misdemeanour charges related to violating public health orders with their lockdown-flouting parties.

If the two are found guilty, they could be issued with a $2,000 fine or face up to a year in prison.

How did the two get in trouble with the law?

According to a police press release obtained by E! news, officers were dispatched to the mansion on both occasions as a result of complaints. One neighbor claimed that they could hear a gun going off during Bryce’s birthday party.

Although the press release says that police couldn’t find evidence of any gun going off, it reports that Blake was issued with a second violation notice, citation and final warning over their non-compliance with public health orders.

Following this, on August 19, Elijah Daniel, the LA mayor, announced that he was severing all utilities in the mansion “to stop the large parties held there in flagrant violation of our public health orders.”

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Police issued Blake Gray with a final warning after being called to his house for the second time in under a week.

Bryce Hall criticized as a bad role model

City Attorney Mike Feuer then announced in an August 28 press conference that the pair would be charged with violating the Party House Ordinance and Safer LA Health Order.

Feur said at the time: “We allege these hosts have been incredibly irresponsible, with a highly-infectious disease spreading and parties banned because of it, and we allege they violated the law. We allege that in many cases these parties and the party houses associated with them have hijacked the quality of life for neighbors in the affected communities.”

“If you have a combined 19 million followers on TikTok in the middle of a public health crisis, you should be modeling great behavior, best practices for all of us, rather than brazenly violating the law and then posting videos about it,” he added.

While Bryce and Blake are unlikely to get jail time over their crimes, the outcome of the case remains to be seen. Neither has commented publicly on the case.

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That Vegan Teacher responds to TikTok ban for alleged “community violations”

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:48 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 0:50

by Jacob Hale

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Notorious TikTok vegan That Vegan Teacher has created a video response after being banned on the platform for allegedly violating several community guidelines.

That Vegan Teacher, real name Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, has clocked up around 1.5m followers on the app and is known for her very firm vegan beliefs, which she frequently preaches on the app.

She’s also had several run-ins with other top names — including, notably, Minecraft sensation 16-year-old TommyInnit, whose fans bombarded her with hate comments after she suggested someone help him feel more comfortable around girls.

Now, after rumors that she had been arrested in January 2021 (which was proven false), she seems to have been banned from the app altogether.

ThatVeganTeacher on TikTok
TikTok: thatveganteacher
ThatVeganTeacher has been a divisive figure on TikTok.

Why was That Vegan Teacher banned on TikTok?

At the time of writing, there’s no clear explanation as to why That Vegan Teacher has been banned on TikTok, with neither her nor TikTok coming out with an explanation.

While the reason hasn’t been confirmed, a disclaimer on her TikTok profile suggests it’s due to multiple Community Guidelines violations.

This could be any number of things, so it’s impossible to speculate on what exactly the violations could be, and we’ll have to wait for official confirmation before reporting it. According to TikTok’s guidelines though, her misdemeanor could fall under any of these categories:

  • Violent extremism
  • Hateful behavior
  • Illegal activities and regulated goods
  • Violent and graphic content
  • Suicide, self harm and dangerous acts
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Adult nudity and sexual activities
  • Minor safety
  • Integrity and authenticity
  • Platform security
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That Vegan Teacher’s TikTok now shows no followers, likes or posts.

That Vegan Teacher has in the past had her videos reacted to by top celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, who didn’t seem her biggest fan, and Russell Brand for her divisive takes.

That Vegan Teacher responds to her TikTok ban

A short time later, That Vegan Teacher created a video response to the situation, which she uploaded to YouTube with all comments and likes/dislikes turned off.

In her video, the controversial TikToker accused her critics of being “scared” of telling kids “the truth” about veganism, and alleged that her ban was the work of “veganphobic” users. In her video description, she also alleged that her home had been “attacked” by critics, who left “dead animal parts” on her front door and – even purportedly doxed her personal information.

That’s not all; some TikTokers believe that Vegan Teacher may have started using a new TikTok account, although these rumors have yet to be fully verified at the time of writing.

Previously, she has drawn comparisons between animal cruelty and atrocities such as the Holocaust, which is likely a large contributor to why TikTok users would report her and the platform would ultimately kick her off.