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Movie and soccer stars among those evacuated at Four Seasons Hotel

July 18, 2009 |  5:44 pm

Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, stars of the soon-to-be-released movie "The Ugly Truth," and the Inter Milan soccer team were among hundreds of guests and workers evacuated from the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles this afternoon after a fire alarm sounded.

Theo Kingma, a photographer with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., said he had gone to the hotel on South Doheny Drive to cover two news conferences with the stars, whose romantic comedy is to be released Friday. Heigl and Butler, along with at least 300 others, cooled their heels on Burton Way for about 45 minutes, Kingma said. The two then went into Il Cielo restaurant. The soccer players, meanwhile, lounged on the grass. Alas, no one had thought to bring a soccer ball.

Speaking from the scene by phone just after 3:30 p.m., Kingma said: "Here's somebody passing by in a bathrobe."

A hotel employee said police would investigate to learn why the alarm sounded.

-- Martha Groves

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