What Happens in WeHo Doesn’t Stay in WeHo for Long

Yes, things got a little lively in West Hollywood this weekend. And unlike in Las Vegas, where what happens there allegedly stays there, when it happens in WeHo the word quickly gets out.

Boxer Yousaf Mack
Boxer Yousaf Mack

It you were outside of Rage, the gay bar at 8911 Santa Monica Blvd. near San Vicente, on Sunday night, you probably wondered what the camera crews were all about. They were there to chronicle Philadelphia boxer Yusef Mack’s coming out of the closet. He did that officially at the “Socialite Sundays” event hosted by Rage by Brandon Anthony,

Actually Mack revealed he was gay last week, after claiming earlier that he was bisexual, after claiming even earlier that he was heterosexual and had appeared in a gay porn film called “Holiday Hump’n” because he had been drugged and didn’t know what he was doing.

“I’m gay. I’m tired of holding it in, it is what it is,” Mack told Fox 29 last week. “I live my life. I’m gay.”

Mack, 35, is the father of 10 children, one of whom suggested he kills himself after his revelation. Mack says his (former) fiance and the other kids have been supportive.

On Friday the craziness was a bit more artsy. According to artnet News, the artist Retna (a.k.a Marquis Lewis) staged a little tirade at the Soze Gallery at 935 N. Fairfax Ave. south of Romaine

Retna, aka Marquis Lewis
Retna, aka Marquis Lewis

Retna is a world-famous artist but perhaps is best known in West Hollywood for his massive mural on the north side of the five-story parking structure near the West Hollywood Library.

Retna was attending the opening of Soze’s “Soze X Modernica,” where his work wasn’t on exhibit. Someone at the exhibit, who declined to give artnet News her name for fear of retaliation, said Retna smashed three ceramic scupltures. Jessica Lanthier, who also was present, tweeted that she also saw Retna lose it. “Tonight I witnessed that artist Retna throw a full blown tantrum at an art show,” she tweeted. “I mean breaking things, slapping other men… crazy.”

“People are scared of him,” another source told artnet News. “It is well-known that he carries guns. It was odd that there were very few tweets about the incident, and they were cryptic for the most part.”

artnet News says Retna has a history of such behavior. “In 2013, he allegedly harassed employees in a Los Angeles art gallery, destroying paintings using a knife and broken bottles,” it said. “In 2012, he was charged with three counts of battery after a violent altercation in a different Los Angeles art space in which he hit two gallery employees in the head and broke a pencil in the ear of one of the employees.”


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Brian Holt
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Brian Holt

@Rick – amen. Nailed it.

Chris Sanger
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Chris Sanger

Brian – the crime rate is not rising in West Hollywood. Please see the post Hank ran today about the rate being steady. We are at the epicenter of a metro area of 15 million people, have major entertainment venues. We are an amazing safe and secure community. Do bad things happen? Of course. But way at the low end of potential considering where we are located.

Rick Watts
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Rick Watts

What I want to know is why the heck WeHo still has this creep’s “art” disgracing the south side of our library! I’d MUCH rather have a mural by the Angel Wings artist–or better still one depicting the evolution of civil rights, including folks ranging from Frederick Douglas to MLK, Gandhi, Susan B. Anthony, Harvey Milk, Morris Kight and SO many others: MUCH more befitting an institution of learning and enlightenment than this temper-tantrum-throwing, over-priced graffiti vandal’s scribblings. Short of a new mural, I’d rather see his painted over: Even a blank wall would look better.

Brian Bratsch
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http://www.wehoboosters.org Please donate to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department.

Brian Bratsch
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I agree with j simmons . . I’m very tired of hearing gun shots going off on Friday nights. I gave $5000.00 to the weho boosters club to help our sheriff’s department. I see the crime rate rising all over the news here. I’m so sick and tired of West Hollywood . . . We had 4 people arrested on Halloween night for trying to crash a private party here . . all 4 are in jail as of this posting . . some woman lied on her back & kicked the front door to my building, they spray painted… Read more »

JJ
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JJ

Using all caps is considered “screaming.” Please don’t scream.

fine7760
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Why isn’t this guy in jail?

j simmons
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j simmons

What the H??? THE VIOLENT CRIME IN WEST HOLLYWOOD HAS BECOME A REGULAR EVENT. And this pro-City-Hall “everything” – tosses out shootings, stabbings and Hit and Runs and deaths … as regular news or else like this poorly worded “celebrity piece” which is a SERIOUS ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL VIOLENT ACT IN WEHO …. STOP EVERYTHING CITY HALL – AND GET CRIME REDUCED AND THE SHERIFF AND THE FEUD WITH CITY HALL AND OUR ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTRACT DISPUTE OVER. NO NEW LOW INCOME PLANNING. NO NEW GRAND OPENINGS. STOP THE VIOLENT CRIME IN WEST HOLLYWOOD. THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS IS SO… Read more »