Vanessa Hudgens Illegal Rock Carving Results In $1,000 Fine
Vanessa Hudgens has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine stemming from her carving her and boyfriend Austin Butler’s names into a Sedona, Arizona rock formation. The heart-shaped carving was made on Valentine’s Day. And while it seemed like just a romantic gesture, it’s also illegal. See the photo below of Hudgens’ carving, which has since deleted.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, the carving was made in the Red Rock Ranger District, part of the Coconino National Forest, and it’s a crime to deface any of the land, which is official U.S. property. A conviction for Hudgens’ misdemeanor offense could have resulted in six months in prison and/or fines of up to $5,000.
In exchange for the actress admitting wrongdoing and leading authorities to where she defaced the red rock, Hudgens was slapped with just a $1,000 penalty. The money will now be used by the volunteer organization Friends of the Forest to repair the damaged rock.
Following the incident, which Hudgens chronicled on Instagram, a number of users slammed her on the social media site. “Carving your name into a rock formation in a National Forest? Incredibly stupid,” wrote one person. Another user stated, “I think it is only common sense to not vandalize the Sedona rocks.”
Gossip Cop has reached out a rep for Hudgens, but has yet to hear back.