Frankie James Grande didn’t know he was persona non grata with Hale Leon when he introduced himself at the Los Angeles club Oil Can Harry’s in February 2019.
A regular at the club, Mr. Leon was used to ample real estate on its dance floor. But that night Mr. Grande and his friends invaded his turf, forcing Mr. Leon onto the club’s stage to strut and stomp.
“Frankie brought his whole gang of West Hollywood gays that night,” said Mr. Leon, 29, an actor and Twitch streamer. “I was kind of mad.”
His irritation, though, wasn’t what caused him to beg off when Mr. Grande, who had admired his moves onstage and approached him in the bathroom with a flirty nice-to-meet-you, asked Mr. Leon to dance.