Vanessa Hudgens fined $1,000 for illegally carving a rock in Arizona

She was caught after posting it on Instagram

Vanessa Hudgens has been forced to pay a $1,000 (£694) fine after carving her and her boyfriend’s names into one of Arizona’s famous red rocks.

The 27-year-old former High School Musical star was only caught, according to local authorities, when she posted the evidence of her crime to her Instagram account – which has 18.3m followers.

The picture – of a crude carving of a heart containing her name and that of Austin Butler, was scratched into an outcropping named Bell Rock at Coconino National Forest in February, apparently while on a Valentine’s getaway for the couple.

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“She was caught in the act because she publicised it and she’s famous,” Brady Smith, a representative of the National Forest Service, told the Associated Press. I’m sure there are others who are not famous and publicised it and we’ve never known.”

The money from the fine was used to restore the rock by a volunteer group called Friends of the Forest, which responds to reports of vandalism like this every other week, using sanding tools.

Smith told the AP that acts like this could cause the public to believe that defacing sites of natural beauty like this was acceptable. In fact, damaging natural features carries a punishment of up to six months in jail, and a $5,000 fine (£3,470).