Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has paid for a full-page advertisement where he backs billionaire developer Rick Caruso to be Los Angeles mayor.
His wife Nicole Avant, 54, gave her support to Caruso, 63, last week, after crime and chaos continues to spiral in the city – where her mother Jaqueline Avant was killed at her exclusive Beverly Hills enclave in a home invasion.
Sarandos’ advertisement for Caruso is a shock move, with the head of Hollywood’s biggest streaming service has been one of the nation’s biggest donors for the Democrats.
The Los Angeles County Democratic Party has officially endorsed Congresswoman Kean Bass in the race, but Sarandos, 58, is urging residents to vote for Caruso.
Caruso has previously identified as a Republican and an Independent before switching allegiances to the Democrats shortly before entering the race in February in the famously liberal city.
In his advertisement, published on the Hollywood reporter, he said: ‘The entire Machine of the Democratic Party had aligned for a candidate that is part of the very system that is failing this city.
‘They are wrong. I am a lifetime Democrat. Rick is the Democrat I’ve been waiting for, one with a plan and a track record of accomplishing impossible tasks in California and Los Angeles.’
Sarandos’ advertisement for Caruso is a shock move , with the head of Hollywood’s biggest streaming service has been one of the nation’s biggest donors for the Democrats
Many believe that billionaire businessman and LA mayoral candidate Rick Caruso will fix the city’s rampant crime and homeless issues
According to the LA Times Caruso has risen to within striking distance of Bass in the polls after the congresswoman took a seven-point lead in the June primary.
A UC Berkeley poll published Friday showed that Bass’ lead has narrowed to four points, 45 percent to 41 percent, putting it within the poll’s margin of error.
Bass has been backed by the Democrat establishment and is endorsed by Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.
Sarandos is not the only one to throw his weight behind the newly defected billionaire and real-estate mogul, who received a slew of endorsements from Kim Kardashian to Gwyneth Paltrow, who believe he will be effective at solving LA’s plethora of problems.
Actor Chris Pratt is the latest Hollywood star to throw his support behind billionaire Rick Caruso for the mayor of Los Angeles ahead of tomorrow’s highly anticipated midterm elections.
The actor, 43, bemoaned the California city’s ‘gradual decline into pain and utter disarray’ as he urged voters to back Caruso.
Pratt, whose father-in-law is former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, said: ‘I’ve lived in LA for over 20 years. It’s been great to me. In that time I’ve seen what many residents here have seen, the city’s gradual decline into pain and utter disarray.
Rick Caruso is a billionaire businessman – who has identified as a Republican, an Independent, and now a Democrat. He announced his candidacy for mayor on February 11 this year
Chris Pratt has thrown his support behind billionaire Rick Caruso for the mayor of Los Angeles ahead of tomorrow’s highly anticipated midterm elections (pictured with wife Katherine Schwarzenegger)
Pratt, whose father-in-law is former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, rarely intervenes in politics
Bass has been backed by the Democrat establishment and is endorsed by Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders
‘If you live here, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I don’t normally support political candidates. But in this election, there’s too much to lose.’
Following the slew of support, Sarandos paid for his won advert, which said: ‘If you are tired of the inhumane way the homeless population lives in this city, the filth that goes uncleaned, the corruption in city hall, shrinking law enforcement and rising crime and now, the threat of even higher taxes, vote for Rick Caruso.’
His wife Nicole Avant has also backed Caruso, and believes that he is the answer to the skyrocketing crime problems in the city.
Avant said that she found it ‘very insulting’ when people told her she ought to vote for Karen Bass in the upcoming midterms just because she is also a black woman – despite her old boss Obama also endorsing the candidate.
Instead, Avant said that LA’s rocketing crime problem demands a new mayor to fix the city’s problems.
Speaking to Bari Weiss’ Substack, Common Sense, she said: ‘This is like a breaking point. Who is in charge here? How is this happening?
Caruso has star supporters including Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Elon Musk and Gwyneth Paltrow
Jacqueline (left) was rushed to a hospital after the home invasion, but died of her injuries shortly after
‘It’s the drug addicts in front of people’s houses, it’s people naked in the street—there’s so much chaos, and Rick is the opposite of that, and we just need to reel things in and do things in a different way.’
She said that she doesn’t ‘ever vote on race or gender’ adding: ‘I’m a free thinker. People told me not to support Barack Obama and to support Hillary Clinton for the same reason, because she’s a woman. You can’t win.’
Avant, who served as ambassador to the Bahamas from 2009 to 2011, is also a film producer whose work includes a 2019 Netflix documentary about her father, ‘The Black Godfather.’
Rick Caruso is a billionaire businessman – who has identified as a Republican, an Independent, and now a Democrat. He announced his candidacy for mayor on February 11 this year.
The city’s progressive DA George Gascón has consistently been at the forefront of criticism for being lenient with sentencing criminals – as homicides in LA reached their highest level in 15 years in 2022.
Aariel Maynor confessed to fatally shooting 81-year-old philanthropist Jacqueline Avant during a botched raid of the couple’s $7million mansion in a gated Beverly Hills community in December
Shocking photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the sliding glass door that was smashed by home invaders who killed the wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant
Residents have argued that homelessness is the top problem facing the county, with 94 per cent of voters viewing it as a serious or very serious problem
He has faced recalls after consistently failing to pursue felony charges. He’s been vocal about his belief that the criminal justice system needs to focus more on intervention and rehabilitation, blasting ‘tough on crime’ policies as racist and a failure.
Jacqueline Avant was shot in the back when a robber, who was a repeat offender, broke into their $7million Beverly Hills home 11 months ago.
Arariel Maynor has since been sentenced to a minimum of 150 years in prison, after it was revealed he bragged to friends over the phone about the from jail following his arrest.
In January, a UCLA graduate Brianna Kupfer was stabbed to death in a random attack in the middle of the afternoon while working in a luxury furniture store in the city.
Murders in the City of Angeles rose 52 percent last year from 2019, and shooting incidents were up 59 per cent, according to LAPD data.