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California Under Fire for Displacing Homeless for Leonardo DiCaprio Movie

via KCRA 3

The City of Sacramento faced criticism for clearing out homeless individuals from a downtown park to facilitate the filming of an upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio movie.

The homeless were given 24 hours to vacate the area, with some expressing distress over the situation.

Critics, including the president of the Sacramento Homeless Union, condemned the city’s actions as endangering the homeless during adverse weather conditions for the sake of a Hollywood production.

“It is asinine in the midst of an atmospheric storm, against federal laws and protections unhoused people are being moved and placed in greater danger for Hollywood to roll footage in Sacramento,” Crystal Sanchez said.

“The city permit should have not been issued without appropriately placing individuals in shelter as the city is well aware of the homeless crisis in the area.”

“While the simulated elements may resemble real-life situations, the City and Sacramento Film + Media office wants the public to know that they’re are part of a controlled production for entertainment purposes only,” Sacramento Film Commissioner Jennifer West said.

The city justified the removal by citing ordinances related to storing personal property and setting up tents without a permit.

The film, known by the code name “BC Project,” features a star-studded cast and is set to include car chases, gunfights, and helicopter scenes in various parts of downtown Sacramento.

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