2ND UPDATE, 11:20 AM: The SAG-AFTRA offices in Los Angeles and New York reopened today after a search of the offices by law enforcement turned up nothing suspicious. “Nothing was found,” an LAPD spokesperson said.
UPDATED with nothing suspicious found at LA office, 3:22 PM: SAG-AFTRA’s offices in Los Angeles and New York were evacuated Tuesday after receiving an unspecified threat of an attack. Police are on the scene at both sites.
The Los Angeles Police Department said this afternoon that it did a sweep of the West Coast SAG-AFTRA building and “no suspicious device was found. Law enforcement is clearing the scene now.”
On the recommendation of the LAPD, the union earlier closed its offices in both cities for the rest of the day so that officers can conduct a thorough assessment of the situation.
“I can confirm that we have received a threat,” said Pam Greenwalt, the union’s spokesperson said earlier. “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.”
An LAPD spokesperson confirmed that a phone call was made “saying that they may be attacking the SAG office” in LA. As of 11:46 a.m. PT, he said “it’s a phone threat only right now.”
The LA offices at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. are in a busy corridor with neighbors including the La Brea Tar Pits, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Petersen Automotive Museum and the soon-to-open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Reached by Deadline, the NYPD could not confirm that the NYC office at 1900 Broadway in Manhattan was evacuated, but it was closed and employees sent home, we hear. Officers are at the location, and out of an abundance of caution they are conducting an investigation to determine if there is any danger to occupants of the building, NYPD said.
The building is in the Lincoln Center neighborhood, about a four-minute walk from Lincoln Center.