Stone-cold dumb decision
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.