Vanessa Hudgens is facing a criminal investigation over defacing a red rock in Arizona. The actress thought she was just celebrating a romantic getaway in Arizona with her boyfriend, Austin Butler, but after she uploaded a photo of their names carved into a red rock things took a more serious turn.
The photo has since been deleted, but others remain on her Instagram account that made it clear that the two were in the town of Sedona.
The Coconino National Forest which maintains the land in Sedona was alerted about the photo which is when the media got involved as well. There is a federal law specifically about “damaging natural surfaces or property of the United States,” and it appears that the love birds may have done so.
Defacing the red rocks in the forest is highly illegal, and is an offense that is punishable by up to six months of jail time and a maximum $5,000 fine.
There is no word yet however if the rock carving has been found inside the 250 square-mile Red Rock Ranger District.
Coconino National Forest representative Brady Smith acknowledged that “People make mistakes whether knowingly or unknowingly,” but that the offense is still an illegal one.
Vanessa has had some ups and downs lately. Just earlier this month the star lost her father to cancer shortly before she had to take the stage for Grease Live. Ever a professional, she kept it together and gave a standout performance despite the circumstances.
More in News
Sophie Turner Quitting Acting
The Game of Thrones actress has been done filming Season 8 since last summer, and apparently she’s been on a hiatus...April 17, 2019
Hoda Kotb Adopts Her Second Child
Following Tuesday morning’s episode of Today, the co-anchor announced via phone that she has adopted a second child, a daughter named...April 16, 2019
Wendy Williams Files for Divorce
Yesterday, it was confirmed that the daytime talk show host has officially filed for divorce from her husband of over two...April 12, 2019
Nipsey Hussle Memorial Service Draws Thousands
The late rapper’s ‘Celebration of Life’ is taking place at the Staples Center today, and TMZ is live streaming what’s expected...April 11, 2019
Charles Van Doren Dead at 93
Charles Van Doren, one of the most infamous TV game show contestants of all time, has passed away. According to...April 10, 2019
Kim Kardashian Taking Bar Exam in 2022
The reality star has plans to follow in her father Robert Kardashian’s footsteps by becoming an attorney, and she’s aiming to...April 10, 2019