Actress Vanessa Hudgens has agreed to pay $1,000 in restitution for writing on a red rock wall in Sedona, Arizona.
Around Valentine’s Day this year, the 27-year-old actress/singer posted an Instagram photo (which has since been deleted) of a 1-by-1-foot heart carved on a red rock wall. It included “Vanessa and Austin,” her and boyfriend Austin’s Butler’s names.
According to reports, the payment resolves a citation to the actress on a misdemeanor count of defacing a U.S. Forest Service land.
The $1,000 was used to restore the rock wall by scrubbing and sanding by Friends of the Forest volunteers.
Jennifer Young, president of Friends of the Forest, said that their volunteers go to the Red Rock Ranger District regularly to search for reported graffiti and use materials like wire brushes and sand paper to clean them up.
“Unfortunately, there’s a lot that happens,” she said.
Hudgens reportedly told authorities that she used another rock to write the names. She also gave them information on where it is located. After searching, volunteers and Forest Service employees found the carved rock on the Bell Rock formation.
“She was caught in the act because she publicized it and she’s famous,” said Coconino National Forest Service spokesman Brady Smith. “I’m sure there are others who are not famous and publicized it and we’ve never known.”
Smith added that carvings destroy the natural beauty of the area, and that it creates the perception that it is OK for anyone to deface the rocks.
The Hudgens camp has not yet released a statement on the issue.