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Stephen Fry boycotts Ascot hotel over Brunei anti-gay law

2014-04-28
Stephen-FryStephen Fry has confirmed that he is boycotting the Dorchester Hotel Collection, because of the company's links to the Sultan of Brunei. The actor tweeted on Saturday (April 26) to confirm that he had cancelled his stay at Ascot's Coworth Park Hotel after discovering the chain is owned by the Sultan. Earlier this month, it emerged that Hassanal Bolkiah is making anal sex punishable with death by stoning, alongside other offences like rape, adultery, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims. Fry tweeted: "Cancelled in nick of time: discovered @CoworthParkUK that I was booked into is part of the “Dorchester Collection." A spokeswoman for The Dorchester Collection made a statement to WWD, saying: "We are aware that many variations of Sharia law are practiced in many countries throughout the world and these countries have diverse business interests including fashion, hospitality and travel groups, media, entertainment, banking and many other sectors. "We are sensitive to the fact that any such potential withdrawal of business directly impacts our employees, who represent the full diversity of society. Our loyal and dedicated employees have no involvement in this religious and political issue." She added that the chain does "not tolerate any form of discrimination" and that they support "equality, respect and integrity in all areas of our operation". Last week, LGBT rights group Gill Action Fund cancelled their upcoming event at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles because of its ties to Brunei. > US Scout group loses charter over support for gay leader > Welby admits church has caused ‘great harm’ to gay people