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John Legend joins list of celebs in boycott of Beverly Hills Hotel


The elegant Beverly Hills Hotel is slowly but surely losing its footing as a favorite home away from home for a growing number of celebrities, and singer John Legend recently added his name to that list.

Earlier this month, Legend was scheduled to attend a soiree thrown in his honor by magazine L.A. Confidential, but the “All of Me” singer backed out in protest of the politics of the hotel’s owner, Brunei leader Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Bolkiah has instituted policies that many consider anti-women and anti-LGBT, as well a new penal code that includes capital punishment for same-sex acts.

“These policies, which among other things could permit women and LGBT Bruneians to be stoned to death, are heinous and certainly don’t represent John’s values or the spirit of the event,” said Amanda Silverman, a spokeswoman for Legend. “John does not, in any way, wish to further enrich the Sultan while he continues to enforce these brutal laws.”

Other celebrities to boycott Bolkiah’s chain, The Dorchester Collection, include Anna Wintour, Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno.


  1. Eric on February 16, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Ok. Fine. So he shouldn’t buy gasoline for his car, because it might come from Saudi Arabia, or remove any Persian rugs from his home, since they’re made in Iran. Of course I cud go on. Funny, all these phony for a cause celebs can’t wait to travel to Cuba, another human rights violator. I think I’ve made my point. When it’s the cause de jour at the moment, some of these celebs jump on the bandwagon. But these people will fly to Dubai to party and boost that economy. Comical.