Coincidence Or Not? Occupy LA’s City Hall Eviction Coincides With Major Movie Shoot

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Protesters allege the eviction of the Occupy L.A. encampment by city officials may be due to a scheduled shoot of the movie, “Gangster Squad.”

Sources with Occupy L.A. tell CBS2 that on Nov. 20, the location manager for the Warner Bros. film starring Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn asked Occupy L.A. members to move several portable restrooms near Spring and Main streets for a shoot scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 29 in front of city hall.

Occupy L.A. agreed to move the restrooms but only at the studio’s expense, movement leaders said.

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On Nov. 22, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the planned eviction of the Occupy L.A. camp with a deadline of midnight Monday.

“While Occupy L.A. has brought needed attention to the economic disparities in our country, an encampment on City Hall grounds is simply not sustainable indefinitely. We will close and rebuild the park so that any individual will have the opportunity to use this free speech zone to exercise their first amendment rights at City Hall,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.

Protestors allege that the timing of the Mayor’s eviction plan was based around the movie’s shooting schedule and monetary incentives.

Mayor Villaraigosa has yet to comment on the accusations.

“Gangster Squad” chronicles the “LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s,” according to It is scheduled to be released in 2012.

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  • krg

    So basically a bunch of unemployed yahoos are going to hold some porta potties hostage so that Warner Bros has to absorb more expense for a movie shoot they already had scheduled. Thereby, costing them money and taking money out of the pockets of the employees scheduled to work there that day. Nice. what a bunch of jerks. Get them out of the park and send them home.

    • jason

      only ~13% of Occupy protestors are unemployed… over half have full time jobs.. they aren’t poor, unemployed kids like many assume.. average age is like 35.

    • c'mon man!

      How weak is our city government?!!! Does anyone realize how many jobs and how much revenue is generated from a movie shoot? It is an industry that employs a lot of Angelinos and now it is being compromised by a bunch of loser hippies that cry about Wall St even though they choose to smoke weed and “drum circle” their lives away. The Mayor and LAPD Chief need to grow a pair of balls and do the right thing which is enforce the law and let those that who actually do work and bring revenue to this city continue without unjust interference by the “Occupy LA” movement.

  • steve

    So what is wrong with that. The city needs to be open for business. Not open for morons in the park.

  • barbara

    steve you are an idiot maybe you are part of the crooks as villarraigosa waiting for a piece of cake of the stupid movie. the people protesting is people in need and people that can’t agree are a bunch of crook los angeles is full of hyenas.good like hyena eat it all. boooooo.

  • joe clay

    F YEAH, all of these morons need to get a life, get a job and move their butts out of park. bunch of loooooser.

  • mojo

    Send them all to Iraq

  • Hardmoney

    Mayor Villar can just run downstairs from his office and turn on all of sprinklers around city hall. It won’t get rid of them, but it would be fun to watch. Later, he can take credit for getting the sprinklers turned off, of course, when the reporters are around.

  • John

    I’m going to start going to Occupy LA instead of Home Depot to look for day laborers from now on. These idiots want a job? Come mow my lawn.

  • barbara

    john stupid animal cut your own lawn ypu laisy and go and kiss the $$#%of your stupid democratic party you crook and keep your stupid comments for your self and run with the crook of villarraigosa and clean his toilet. don’t be so dum.

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  • Eriik

    Love the comments here. You guys love your movie studio’s. Hate protesters, need to learn spelling and grammar.

  • Brandon Avery

    Eriik… I hate to point this out, but there is no apostrophe in “movie studios”, unless you are talking about something the movie studio possesses (the context shows that you obviously aren’t).

    That’s an interesting quirk for someone who claims to be the grammar expert. Irony is not your friend.

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