Ryan Gierach, the publisher of the former WeHo News, has claimed that he is being harassed at his new home in San Pedro because he is gay.
Gierach made the claim in an interview broadcast on KTLA5, which can be seen in the video posted above.
“When I came here my neighbors directly across from me began calling me names — all of them revolving around gay epithets,” he told KTLA reporter John Fenoglio.
Gierach said things got worse after he displayed rainbow flags in honor of Gay Pride month. Then, he said, neighbors began calling him names and assaulting him.
“A few months ago, someone posted flyers around the neighborhood accusing Gierach of being a pedophile,” Fenoglio reported. “The notices stated he was ‘a child molesting sex offender,’ followed by a slur, and included his home address.”
Gierach launched WeHoNews.com in 2005. It was the primary news source for West Hollywood until the launch of Patch.com, which later merged its West Hollywood site with other Westside Patch sites, and WEHOville.com, which launched in September 2012. Gierach effectively closed WeHoNews several years ago in the midst of financial and addiction struggles that he was very public about. He eventually sold the WeHoNews.com url to the City of West Hollywood.
Ironically, Gierach himself has been accused of abusing neighbors.
In March 2016 he sent out a mass email announcing that he and his partner, Marcus Fant, had been homeless for most of the past two years. He also said he had spent four days in jail after his arrest on charges of felony assault, felony elder abuse and felony making of terrorist and criminal threats stemming from conflicts with his apartment building manager and other tenants of the Hayworth Avenue building. He also had been evicted from his apartment at 1050 N Laurel Ave. in West Hollywood, where his neighbors had complained about his abusive behavior and his landlord claimed he failed to pay his rent.