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Bryce Hall and Blake Gray in Los Angeles, California. Photo: fupp/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

TikTok influencers Blake Gray and Bryce Hall face criminal charges for hosting "mega-parties" in the Hollywood Hills despite a city ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, authorities announced on Friday.

Why it matters: Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer described the charges as a part of a "crackdown" on house parties that pose a risk to public health.

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti authorized local authorities to shut off utilities at locations that host large gatherings during the pandemic at the beginning of August.

Details: Hall and Gray face misdemeanor charges for violating the city’s pandemic health order and a party house ordinance for the Aug. 8 and. Aug. 14 parties, attended by hundreds of guests.

  • Penalties include up to one year in jail and up to $2,000 in fines, authorities said.
  • The owners of the two houses where the parties were held were also charged.

What they're saying: "With hundreds of people attending, loud music all night long and cars blocking access for emergency vehicles, party houses are really out of control nightclubs," Feuer said in a statement.

  • "As if that weren’t enough, the hosts are incredibly irresponsible, with COVID-19 spreading and parties banned because of it. We’ve got to put a stop to it," Feuer added.
  • "If you have a combined 19-million followers on TikTok during this health crisis, you should be modeling good behavior — not brazenly violating the law and posting videos about it, as we allege."

Of note: Though there aren't any known cases of COVID-19 linked to the parties, the two-week stretch during which symptoms could appear has not yet passed, AP writes.

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