Vanessa Hudgens Defends Herself After She’s Forced to Pay for Law-Breaking Pic
It’s a brand-new year, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t still dealing with the repercussions of 2016, Vanessa Hudgens included. Nearly a year ago, the 28-year-old High School Musical alum was accused of damaging national property at the Coconino National Forest in Arizona, and was forced to pay $1,000 in restitution. (The offense is punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum $5,000 citation, so she got off easy.) While the whole ordeal is pretty much over, that doesn’t mean she’s done talking about it.
The actress has been on the promo circuit, talking about her new NBC TV series, Powerless. One of the stops on the circuit was Sway Calloway‘s Sirius XM’s morning show, Sway in the Morning; it was there that she mentioned her side of the events. “It was this whole thing in Sedona,” Baby V said. “Me and my boyfriend [Austin Butler] were on a hike and then wrote our names on a rock with another rock and then people accused me of carving into this rock, but literally I took a piece of rock and wrote on the rock. It’s the type of thing where it’s chalk, so if you rub it, it comes off.”
“So I knew with the first rain it would go away,” she explained on the show. “I’m such an earth person. I love Mother Nature. I love being connected to the natural environment. It was a whole situation that was really frustrating. I don’t mean to disrespect anyone or the land. It’s not like I took a key and carved it.”
“I donated a lot of money to the park to say, ‘Sorry for the drama it’s caused you guys,'” she continued in her defense, “but, like, literally with the first rain, it would’ve washed off.”
The day of the interview also marked an emotional occasion for Vanessa, as it was the one-year anniversary of her dad’s death. To commemorate the occasion, she posted this note on Instagram:
Thankfully, Vanessa won’t be arrested for her crimes… like these former Disney stars: