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Dozens of former employees of Chateau Marmont staged a protest outside the famed Hollywood hotel Friday, ahead of Oscars weekend.

Many of those gathered Friday said they’ve been mistreated by management, claiming that owner André Balazs has abandoned them during the coronavirus pandemic. Union representative Maria Hernandez says more than 200 workers were fired from the hotel in March 2020. Now the former employees are calling for a boycott of the once-charmed getaway.

On Saturday, a spokesperson for the Chateau Marmont released a statement to KTLA, saying, “This publicity stunt is just the latest example of the exorbitant and gratuitous disinformation campaign being waged in an attempt to intimidate and bully our current employees who dared to choose lucrative staff positions with wages and benefits significantly exceeding those offered at hotels in our region, both unionized and not.”

The spokesperson added that the hotel’s 2020 PPP loan was returned in full, and it’s complying with all federal laws and regulations regarding a second PPP loan received in 2021.

Chris Wolfe reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on April 23, 2021.