The City of Los Angeles filed criminal charges Friday against Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart, who owns a property on a hillside known as “Flat Top,” east of downtown LA. The company makes a product of the same name that consists of a “food substitute.” (In 2013, Ars editor Lee Hutchinson ate and drank nothing but Soylent for five days.)
According to a statement released by City Attorney Mike Feuer, Rhinehart has been “allegedly performing unpermitted work and refusing to remove a vandalized and abandoned cargo container from a Montecito Heights hillside.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that Rhinehart bought the property last year and put a shipping container on it in the name of “experimental living.” Since then, the site has attracted graffiti and trash.
Recent photos provided by neighbor Jack Fenn to Curbed show the remains of a post-July 4 party hosted by Rhinehart, including copious amounts of litter and a not-fully-eaten pig carcass.
In recent weeks, Rhinehart has posted multiple pictures of himself in and near the container on Instagram.
Soylent did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
If convicted, Rhinehart could face up to two years in jail and $4,000 in fines. The CEO is scheduled to be arraigned on September 7, 2016.
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