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Beverly Hills Hotel under fire for ties to Sultan of Brunei




In this April 25, 2012 file photo, the entrance to the Beverly Hills Hotel is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Hollywood is responding to harsh new laws in Brunei by boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Motion Picture & Television Fund joined a growing list of organizations and individuals Monday, May 5, 2014, refusing to do business with hotels owned by the Sultan or government of Brunei to protest the country’s new penal code that calls for punishing adultery, abortions and same-sex relationships with flogging and stoning.
In this April 25, 2012 file photo, the entrance to the Beverly Hills Hotel is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hollywood is responding to harsh new laws in Brunei by boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Motion Picture & Television Fund joined a growing list of organizations and individuals Monday, May 5, 2014, refusing to do business with hotels owned by the Sultan or government of Brunei to protest the country’s new penal code that calls for punishing adultery, abortions and same-sex relationships with flogging and stoning.
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The Beverly Hills Hotel has been a local icon since it opened more than a century ago, but recently, support from southern California businesses has been waning because of its ties to the oil-rich nation of Brunei.

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Take Two co-host Alex Cohen talks to Martha Groves, a staff writer for the LA Times, about the brewing controversy.