Stone-cold dumb de­ci­sion

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THE Im­por­tant Per­sons Act has saved star­let Vanessa Hud­gens, 27, from any­thing more than a fine for de­fac­ing a rock for­ma­tion in a U.S. na­tional park.

Un­der a se­cret set­tle­ment ap­proved by a judge last month but un­earthed by The As­so­ci­ated Press last week, Hud­gens must pay US$1,000 to atone for etch­ing a heart outline, and “Austin + Vanessa,” into rock in Co­conino Na­tional For­est, near Flagstaff, Ariz.

She was there on Valen­tine’s Day with boyfriend Austin But­ler. She posted a photo of her lit­tle act of van­dal­ism on In­sta­gram, the AP re­ported, but the snap­shot has since been re­moved.

The graf­fiti, too, will van­ish: the US$1,000 goes to Friends of the For­est, a vol­un­teer group that will erase the im­age some­how.

Other peo­ple de­face th­ese rocks, too, but are too smart to ad­ver­tise the fact on so­cial me­dia. The max­i­mum penalty is a US$5,000 fine and six months in jail.

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