Vanessa Hudgens Fined $1K For Carving Heart in National Forest

Vanessa Hudgens

Actress Vanessa Hudgens has proven that her name could not be written everywhere after she was ordered to pay $1,000 for carving her name into a red rock wall in Arizona.

According to Associated Press, a citation has been issued to Hudgens on a misdemeanor count of damaging a natural landmark on U.S. Forest Service land.

During a trip to Sedona, Arizona on Valentine’s Day, the actress and her boyfriend “Arrow” star Austin Butler craved a heart on a red rock wall bearing the names “Austin + Vanessa,” Time magazine wrote. The actress shared the photo of the carving on Instagram and her followers alerted the media, while authorities took note of it. The photo was removed from her IG page but not until it drew attention of the authorities.

Based on documents obtained by AP, Hudgens admitted of using a rock to carve the names inside the heart. She also gave the authorities the information on where to find it. Volunteers and Forest Service employees found the heart carving on a rock formation known as Bell Rock.

Coconino National Forest Service spokesman Brady Smith said carvings destroy the natural beauty of the area and create the impression among the public that it is alright to deface rock walls. Damaging a natural feature is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

An agreement was reached on April 19 which also stated that the $1,000 that Hudges was required to pay will be used by a volunteer group, named Friends of the Forest, to restore the vandalized rock wall, AP reported.

“She was caught in the act because she publicized it and she’s famous. I’m sure there are others who are not famous and publicized it and we’ve never known,” Smith said.

Vanessa Hudgens is best known for portraying Gabriella Montez alongside Zac Efron in the “High School Musical” franchise. She also recently appeared in Fox’s “Grease: Live.”

To Top