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Vanessa Hudgens Ordered to Pay $1,000 in Restitution for Carving Heart in Red Rock

Vanessa Hudgen

Sorry, Sedona! Vanessa Hudgens agreed to pay $1,000 in restitution for carving a heart into a red rock wall in Sedona, Arizona, during a Valentine’s Day trip with boyfriend Austin Butler.

The former Disney star, 27, and Butler, 24, made headlines in February when the pair carved their names in a heart into the famous red rock formations — and shared their handiwork on social media.

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Defacing a national feature on U.S. Forest Service land is a violation of federal law, and Hudgens’ followers reported the actress to authorities, who took action.

“This incident is currently under investigation, so there is not much I can share specifically since I am not privy to the details of an investigation until it is complete, Coconino National Forest public-affairs officer Brady Smith told Us Weekly at the time. “However, I can say that the issue of people carving their names and other things in rocks in the Sedona and surrounding area is always a challenge we face, and try to inform people about its destructive nature. We have found that when one person carves something, it encourages others to carve.”

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Hudgens’ fine will be used by a volunteer group called Friends of the Forest to help restore the rock wall, which is usually done by scrubbing or sanding the rock.

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According to The Associated Press, the fine and resolution took place on April 19, but the agreement has only recently been made public.

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