Actress Vanessa Hudgens is now facing a criminal investigation following a recent trip she had with her boyfriend, actor Austin Butler, to the Coconino National Forest in Sedona recently.
Hudgens and Butler seemed to have had the time of their lives when they decided to spend Valentine’s Day weekend in the picturesque city of Sedona, Arizona, best known for its large multi-hued rock formations. People come from all over to see them.
While the National Forest Service is all about encouraging everyone to spend time outdoors and discover the wonders of nature, among the things it does not appreciate is defacing national natural treasures. According to them, it seems Hudgens and Butler did just that.
According to a report from Us Weekly, U.S. Forest Service authorities found that Hudgens had carved out hers and Butler’s names on a piece of red rock as well as a heart around it on Monday after the actress had posted the photo on her Instagram account. She had reportedly worked on the red rock carving while the couple was spending time in the Coconino National Forest.
Hudgens has since deleted the photo. Nonetheless, fans can still see three photos from the couple’s romantic Sedona getaway along with one amusing video clip. Hudgens currently has 15.8 million followers on Instagram.
According to Coconino National Forest Public Affairs Officer Brady Smith, the matter remains under investigation as of the moment. And while he cannot offer insight into the investigation regarding Hudgens, Smith said, “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.”
Defacing national property is a serious offense and is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or six months in jail.