It looks like Vanessa Hudgens learned a life lesson about professing your love in public and how it can sometimes be met with an unwanted outcome. That is just what happened recently when Hudgens and her boyfriend Austin Butler carved their name into a rock.
As Us Magazine points out on February 17, it wasn’t just any rock that the two lovebirds used to share their love for each other with the world, it was one of the famous red rock formations at a national park. No one would have known about this crime of love, but she took a picture of the “Austin and Vanessa” heart carving and posted it online.
Defacing a national feature on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service violates a federal law. You would think that the 27-year-old star might know that, but maybe not! Coconino National Forest Public Affairs Officer Brady Smith said that this crime is punishable by up to six months in jail or up to a $5,000 fine.
Fox News reports today that Smith isn’t sure if the authorities have located Hudgens handy-work in the park today. The park in Arizona is known for its towering red rock formations and they are considered the treasures of this land which takes up about 250-square miles. Finding the red rock with that heart carved into it sounds like trying to find a needle in a haystack in such a large area filled with red rocks.
Smith said they are doing the investigation by contacting any witnesses there might be and researching social media posts. The public affairs officer said they are just trying to maintain the natural beauty of the park by trying to keep the vandalism at bay. As far as Hudgens and Butler, “People make mistakes whether knowingly or unknowingly,” Smith said. But that doesn’t excuse illegal activity,” he added.
As the video above suggests, Hudgens and her 24-year-old boyfriend probably won’t see jail time over this, but the authorities are not letting this go. The name carving has become a real challenge for the Forest Services despite trying to keep people informed that it is destructive to do so. Smith said that they’ve found in the past if one person does it, for some reason it seems to encourage others to follow suit.
Hudgens posted a picture of the red rock with her heart carving on it to her Instagram page. This is when the authorities first got wind of the carving. The post is no longer there, but it doesn’t matter. Deleted or not, the screen shots of that post are plentiful online today, which you can see in the above video. Can their love withstand a police investigation and possible punishment to fit this crime? Only time will tell.
Hudgens recently appeared in Fox’s live production of “Grease,” but she is probably best know for her role as Gabriella Montez in the movie and TV version of “High School Musical.” Can you imagine her surprise finding out that the authorities want to talk to her about defacing national park property when all she did was spend a romantic day with her beau?