AceShowbiz - The Screen Actors Guild offices in New York and Los Angeles were shut down on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 after staff members received security threats over the phone.
In one call to the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) building in Manhattan, the would-be attacker reportedly vowed to blow up both the union's East and West Coast bases.
A similar call was made to the L.A. headquarters, prompting bosses to call in the police, who evacuated the area and had bomb squad experts conduct a sweep to check for explosives.
Pam Greenwalt, the union's spokesperson, told Deadline, "I can confirm that we have received a threat. We are taking it seriously."
"We have evacuated our Los Angeles and New York offices. We have notified law enforcement. They are on scene and investigating. We have no further information at this time."
The incidents come less than two weeks before the organisation's annual prizegiving, which is set to take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 19, 2020.