Vanessa Hudgens has officially broken the law. Well, kind of. Remember that Instagram snap she posted to mark Valentine’s Day and her love for boyfriend Austin Butler on Instagram this year? The one featuring her and Austin’s names in a heart on a red rock? That’s just cost her a legal fine of £690. Yes, really. Despite swiftly deleting the post, here’s what’s gone down…
Under federal law, people are prohibited from “damaging natural surfaces or property of the United States,” with punishments including six months behind bars and/or a fine.
So how did Vanessa dodge jail time? Apparently the 27-year-old just escaped a 6-month sentence because she was “co-operative” with authorities during the investigation. Phew!
And Austin? Since Butler didn’t share or post the Instagram snap himself, he was neither under investigation for the crime nor charged with an offence. Rookie error, ‘Ness.
As for the money, TMZ reports it will be handed over to a volunteer group called Friends of the Forest to “help restore the rock wall, which is usually done by scrubbing or sanding the rock”.
Speaking to Us Weekly, Coconino National Forest Public Affairs Officer Brady Smith added: “The issue of people carving their names and other things in rocks in the Sedona and surrounding area is always a challenge we face, and try to inform people about its destructive nature.
“We have found that when one person carves something, it encourages others to carve.”
- Don’t vandalise public property.
- Definitely don’t publicise evidence of yourself doing so to a social media following of 18.3 million.