Hollywood Apocalypse: The rich and famous are fleeing in droves

Caroline Graham – The Daily Mail Aug 15, 2020

Gold’s Gym has become synonymous with the Hollywood Dream.

Set just a few hundred yards from the ocean in sun-kissed Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Gold’s was the backdrop for Pumping Iron, the 1977 documentary which followed a young, unknown Austrian bodybuilder called Arnold Schwarzenegger as he prepared for the Mr Universe contest.

The film turned him into an overnight sensation. He would go on to become a global superstar, marry a member of the Kennedy clan, and become Governor of California.

Yet today Gold’s sits amid post-apocalyptic scenes which have consumed much of LA, turning the City of Dreams into an urban nightmare from which people are fleeing in droves.

Outside Golds: makeshift tents line the popular tourist destination of Venice Beach. ‘For Sale’ signs are seemingly dotted on every suburban street as the middle classes, particularly those with families, flee for the safer suburbs, with many choosing to leave LA altogether. Click to enlarge

A makeshift tent city made up of flapping tarpaulins and cardboard boxes surrounds the gym on all sides.

Junkies and the homeless, many of whom are clearly mentally ill, walk the palm-lined streets like zombies – all just three blocks from multi-million-dollar homes overlooking the Pacific.

Stolen bicycles are piled high on pavements littered with broken syringes.

TV bulletins are filled with horror stories from across the city; of women being attacked during their morning jog or residents returning home to find strangers defecating in their front gardens.

Today, Los Angeles is a city on the brink. ‘For Sale’ signs are seemingly dotted on every suburban street as the middle classes, particularly those with families, flee for the safer suburbs, with many choosing to leave LA altogether.

British-born Danny O’Brien runs Watford Moving & Storage. ‘There is a mass exodus from Hollywood,’ he says.

‘And a lot of it is to do with politics.’ His business is booming. ‘August has already set records and we are only halfway through the month,’ he tells me.

‘People are getting out in droves. Last week I moved a prominent person in the music industry from a $6.5 million [£5 million] mansion above Sunset Boulevard to Nashville.’

A homeless man on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. Junkies and the homeless, many of whom are clearly mentally ill, walk the palm-lined streets like zombies – all just three blocks from multi-million-dollar homes overlooking the Pacific. Click to enlarge

O’Brien, 58, who moved to LA from London 34 years ago, is also planning to move to Tennessee.

‘Liberal politics has destroyed this city,’ he says. ‘The homeless encampments are legal and there’s nothing the police can do. White, affluent middle-class folk are getting out. People don’t feel safe any more.’

With movie studios still shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic and businesses only just starting to remove the wooden boards put up after city-wide rioting following the death of George Floyd while being arrested by three white officers in Minneapolis, LA is now in the grip of white flight.

Lou Ferrigno became friends with Schwarzenegger when both worked out at Gold’s. While he might not be quite a household name like Arnie, Ferrigno starred in the TV series The Incredible Hulk and became one of the wealthiest bodybuilders in the world, with a fortune of $12 million.

President Donald Trump appointed him to his council on fitness, sports and nutrition in 2018.

But Ferrigno, for all his impeccable connections, has become fed up with what he describes as the ‘dramatic decline’ in LA. He and wife Carla recently sold their £3 million home in Santa Monica and moved into a 7,146 sq ft mansion two hours north of LA.

Carla says: ‘One morning around 7am I opened the curtains in our beautiful Santa Monica home and looking up at me from our driveway were three gang members with tattoos on their faces sitting on our retaining wall. They were cat-calling me and being vulgar. I motioned I was going to call the police and they just laughed, flicking their tongues at me and showing me their guns.’

Her husband added: ‘We put the house up for sale after 40 wonderful years and moved north. We feel lucky to have made it out. Now we are in a wonderful place and very happy.’

Renee Taylor, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and actress who appeared in the hit TV sitcom The Nanny, recently sold her Beverly Hills home after half a century and moved to the East Coast.

‘I feel so sad for my friends left in Beverly Hills who had to suffer through looting and rioting,’ she says. ‘I got out just in time.’

The virus only made matters worse. There are homeless encampments in some of the most instantly recognisable tourist traps.

Stretches of Hollywood Boulevard – embedded with glittering stars representing those who achieved their dream of fame and fortune – resemble a Third World shanty town rather than the heart of America’s second-largest city.

Outside the Chinese Theatre where Marilyn Monroe and other screen icons are immortalised by their handprints in concrete, the Michael Jackson and Superman lookalikes who usually pose with tourists have been replaced by vagrants begging for change.

One of the city’s homeless – there are more than 66,000 people sleeping rough every night. The virus only made matters worse. There are homeless encampments in some of the most instantly recognisable tourist traps. Click to enlarge

Meanwhile, the visitors snap photos of a large Black Lives Matter logo painted down the middle of the street.

Car parks beside the beach in Santa Monica – a popular tourist destination for Britons – are filled with bashed-up motorhomes, each housing several people.

The authorities have even put portable toilets on the streets to try to stop the homeless relieving themselves on private property.

The Westwood area of LA, home to some of the most upmarket blocks of flats in the city, has been renamed ‘West Hood’ by locals appalled by rising crime.

Veteran publicist Ed Lozzi says: ‘The city was changing before coronavirus brought us to our knees. The homeless problem has been escalating for years, exacerbated by weak politicians making bad decisions.

‘Hollywood has always been the wokest of the woke, so politicians have done nothing to stop people sleeping on the streets. It’s not illegal and the weather’s nice, so they keep coming.

‘There is insufficient housing, inadequate mental health care. Add in Covid and it’s a perfect storm.

‘When I first arrived in LA 40 years ago, the town smelled of orange blossoms. Now the streets stink of urine. There is a beautiful park in Westwood but you can’t go there because there are people slumped on the ground and you step on a carpet of needles.

‘White flight is real. The elites and middle classes are leaving. People are taking losses on the sales of their homes to get out.’

The divide between rich and poor has never been more glaring. Just yards away from Gold’s sits the sprawling LA headquarters of internet giant Google.

The car park is housed in a building designed by architect Frank Gehry to look like a giant pair of binoculars. Private security guards wander round as a handful of employees returning after lockdown drive into the complex in their Teslas, Porsches and Range Rovers.

Charity worker Robert (he declined to give his last name) mans two portable toilets opposite the Google HQ. Recently released from jail, this menial job is the only work he can get. He says two people have overdosed in the toilets in the past two weeks.

‘I have a Narcan pen which brings them back to life after they overdose on opioids. I’ve had to use the pen twice since the beginning of August.

‘The situation is terrible. I don’t blame those who can afford to get out of the city for doing so.’

Some 66,000 people now sleep rough every night in LA – up 12.5 per cent on last year.

‘There’s no hope any more,’ he continues. ‘The rich are getting richer and there’s nothing for those on Skid Row. Trump has done nothing to help the poor. All he cares about are his rich friends making more money. If I had money I’d get out too.’

The pandemic has made many in Hollywood realise they don’t need to live in LA – or anywhere near it – to keep working.

Talent manager Craig Dorfman has moved to upstate New York. ‘A lot of people in the industry are re-evaluating their lives and saying,

‘You know, I never really loved LA. Where would I like to live? Because I can do what I want to do from anywhere,’ ‘ says Dorfman.

Fashion stylist Leah Forester and her film producer husband Bill Johnson have rented out their home and moved to the Mexican beach town of Careyes with their two children.

‘We wanted to be in the most healthy, supportive and serene environment we could be in so that we could have some sense of control over our immediate surroundings and our destiny,’ says Forester.

Comedian Joe Rogan, who makes $30 million a year from his self-titled podcast, has quit LA for Texas and says: ‘When you look at the traffic, when you look at the economic despair, when you look at the homelessness problem that’s accelerated radically… I think there are too many people here.

‘I think it’s not tenable. I don’t think that it’s manageable.’

Ironically, the celebrity enclave of Malibu – home to such leading members of the ‘wokerati’ as Leonardo DiCaprio – has cracked down hard on the homeless, bringing in local laws to prevent people parking their motorhomes along the beach overnight.

‘They’ve kicked the homeless problem into other areas of the city like Westwood and Venice,’ says publicist Ed Lozzi. ‘It’s a classic case of ‘not in my back yard’.’

Meanwhile, some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars are developing back-up plans, should the situation worsen. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson recently took Greek citizenship and have told friends they intend to spend more time in Europe.

A homeless encampment off a Hollywood freeway ramp. Stretches of Hollywood now resemble a Third World shanty town rather than the heart of America’s second-largest city. Click to enlarge

Producer Dana Brunetti, business partner of disgraced actor Kevin Spacey and producer of the Fifty Shades Of Grey films, has acquired Italian citizenship ‘because Italy is part of the EU – it gives me a lot of options if the s*** hits the fan’.

Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have homes in LA, Nashville and her native Australia.

A source says: ‘They have been spending a lot of time in Nashville. There they can give their kids a more normal upbringing. They have been talking about getting rid of the LA place.’

When the news broke last week that Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen to make their home two hours north of LA in the upmarket hamlet of Montecito, the news shocked no one.

One Oscar-nominated writer told me: ‘They saw enough of LA those times they left Tyler Perry’s house to make them not want to raise Archie in a place like this. LA has always attracted beautiful and talented people from around the world who come here looking for fame or money or both.

‘Now the streets look like Haiti after the earthquake. It’s dirty, dangerous and work has dried up. Even when studios start to open up, people will choose to work from other places.’

The most recent high-profile name to quit Hollywood is Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, a darling of the showbusiness crowd. Actor Robert Downey Jr has said it was Musk who inspired his portrayal of Tony Stark, the eccentric billionaire inventor in the Iron Man movies.

Musk has recently sold his compound of four homes in Bel Air for a combined total of $62 million (£47 million) and is said to be considering a move to Texas, where he is building Tesla’s $1 billion new factory.

‘When the real-life Iron Man moves out of Hollywood, you know it’s all over,’ says a source at one of the major studios.


14 responses to “Hollywood Apocalypse: The rich and famous are fleeing in droves”

  1. As long as the “haves” can step over the “have not’s” Junky stiffs on the side walk without too much difficulty, then the “I’m all right Jack’s” will persevere.

    It must be some comfort for the Afghan’s to see the devastating effect the trillions of $$ worth of “their” Heroin, stolen by the U S Gov is having all over the States

  2. The USA has been “Madoffed ” which means robbed by jews
    black people are waking up to this so the jews have switched the blacks onto white people
    but when the wake up fully comes, it will be bloody, this is why jews are being called to go to palestine, i mean israel, ad they built a huge wall round it

  3. If Hollywood luvvies and their privileged kind did less virtue signalling and paid their taxes instead of actively dodging them then social decay like this wouldn’t happen.

  4. LA has been a cesspool of lunacy for a long time. The current state is the normal result of the scamdemic and evil and sick politicians, like the current LA Mayor. To live in LA, one has to tolerate arrogant Satanic Khazars, criminal illegal immigrants and Willie Brown blacks like criminal Kamala Harris, a poisonous combination. I have no sympathy for those trying to escape from LA. They should not have been there in the first place. I like to see people being held accountable for their dumb choices.

  5. This scenario does not only apply to LA but to every major city of the US. When a nation turn their back (not on organized Religion), but on the living God creator of the Universe, God will turn His back on that nation, since Religion won’t save anyone. The historical evidence is proof of that. The USA is under God’s judgement and that judgment can only be lifted, IF the people turn back and seek God. Otherwise the USA will go the way other nation went before. There is no vacuum with God, either you are with Him or against Him.

  6. yes los angeles is a hellhole for muggers queers and fellow travellers
    no sane person would live there, each week the tent city grows, the rich kikes in thir big cars glide past while the hungry litter the pavements, beggars everwhere,
    dont they know the peoples money went to israel ?

  7. Prof Susan Foster,

    “black people are waking up to this so the jews have switched the blacks onto white people….”

    The Jews, from day one, since they created the Civil Right’s Movement, back in the 60’s have been pitting the blacks against the whites. I completely agree with you, but will state that they’re ‘ramping up’ the divide between the blacks and the whites through Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Yes, they know very well that it’s only a matter of time before people wake up and when that happens, they ‘scorch the earth’ and move on. This is why I hate the vile bastards. They have no love, nor respect for anyone or anything if it’s not Jewish and will happily destroy it, with absolutely no remorse.

    The Black Hebrews/Israelites and Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam are the two, prominent promoters of who the Jews really are, in the US. What’s sad about both of them, are not only are they blatantly racist organizations, with a complete hatred of white people, they are utterly ignorant to the fact that the Hebrews weren’t blacks and that the Muslims did far more harm to the blacks than any white Christians.


  8. These white Catholics & Jew Communist celebrity scum have a rough life, looking for new multi-million dollar mansions to live in…

  9. the BLM and antifa may be run by george Soros and Sheldon Adelson
    but Mossad is pulling their strings, israel has been anti american all aong
    look how they directed the US civil wr, but the word on the street is the black folk are waking up to the jew

  10. It was Mr Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, who was the only one in the American Republic who in the past (19-Eighties) with a good plan to fight drugs, get junkies back to normal live, work, doing away with criminality.
    His plan had been accepted at that time and he went at work.
    Mr Louis Farrakan did succeed, druguse strongly reduced, criminality strongly reduced, all in many cities of America.

    And here is the thing.
    The jews were getting worried about normalization between Whites and Blacks, no more discrimentation, less drugs use, all getting positive for the country.
    The jews did everything against his work and positive plans. And you know what?
    They succeeded. And everything went down and back to worse, like up this day.

    The jews won. They now rule America.

  11. A massive campaign of Euthanasia should be rolled out in all States of America and cleanse the country of all the filth that permeates throughout the whole country.
    This is the result of liberal ” Feel the love ” policies.
    Yep i would Round them up Quick smart.

    Its only going to get worse.

  12. Great, off to ruin another place. They Voted in the last ruination why not continue the fad.

  13. Many have moved to white and heavily armed Idaho. I just hope they don’t bring their anti-gun, pro-Jew insanity with them. In rural areas of Idaho there is near zero blacks and no crime. Zero. Zip. If you park your bike on a sidewalk it will be there the next hour, day, week, month, year. How many places can you do that?

    People are polite and there are lots and lots of guns and no Jews. Gee. No porn shops. No marijuana bars. No homos. No trannies. Oh, yeah, did I say NO JEWS. Lots of Mormons, lots of Catholics. NO JEWS = NO CRIME.

    If you want to know where to move to escape racial mixing insanity:


  14. The mild west coast climate where winter temps seldom drop below 50 and summer temps seldom exceed 80 have attracted about 40 million people to California. This drove real estate prices to extreme heights.

    California burning, homeless people camped on sidewalks, migrant madness in California, and such evils as bankster jews and their puppet politicians inflict, seem designed to make people leave California.

    This madness is having the intended effect; people are fleeing California in droves, like the headline of this article says. That is just what bankster jews want.

    One of the bankster jews preferred ways to make easy money is boom and bust cycles. Banksters buy up real estate, then create a boom with their control of banking, business, and media, then sell their real estate at the top of the market cycle.

    After they sell off their holdings, the banksters shut down businesses, raise interest rates, tighten the money supply, cause widespread unemployment, home foreclosures, and poison the economy. After house prices hit bottom the banksters buy up real estate again and the cycle repeats.

    Escape from Jew York, Escape from LA, were movies with meaningful titles. These 2 cities are the most controlled by Jews and the most evil in the USA. Jew York City is the Financial Capital of the USA and Hollyweird is the Media Capital.