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Three arrested after image of cow head hung on Hollywood sign

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/3/2021 Kaelan Deese
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Three men in their 20s were arrested Friday after allegedly hanging the image of a cow on the Hollywood sign, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Capt. Steve Lurie, commander of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division, said police were informed of the incident just before 11:30 a.m. local time, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The men were spotted near the sign, which is surrounded by the inaccessible and private Griffith Park. The park is privately maintained by the Hollywood Sign Trust.

“They were caught on surveillance cameras and then arrested, and they’ll be booked at Hollywood Station for misdemeanor trespassing,” Lurie said.


Chairman of the trust Mark Panatier said the situation was "unfortunate," but he lauded the police response.

“It’s really unfortunate that people want to try to make a statement on the sign. That’s not the purpose of the sign. The sign is the statement for Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles. It’s famous,” Panatier said. “And if you intrude into the space where it is marked that you will be trespassing, you will be caught and prosecuted.”

The suspects were not immediately identified by LAPD. Lurie said they would be released on bail under rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cow sign was removed with no damage done to the 50-foot-tall letters.

Lurie said officers at the scene asked the suspects what the reason for the cow sign was, to which they said there was none.

In February, two social media influencers altered the sign to say, "Hollyboob," which was reportedly a message intended to challenge censorship on Instagram after one of their accounts was shuttered due to nudity.

The sign was also altered on New Year's Day in 2017, when an artist named Zach Fernandez climbed up to the sign to alter the lettering to say, "Hollyweed."

The Washington Examiner spoke with Matty Monahan, founder of "The Most Famous Artist" art collective, a studio affiliated with Fernandez, who supported his efforts to alter the sign.

"So, the way the sign got vandalized was actually these two sheets got clamped over the sign so it never actually left any marks, it just looked from afar like the sign had changed," Monahan, professionally known as "Matty Mo," said.

Monahan added that the intention of the Most Famous Artist is to "provide infrastructure for artists to achieve great things."


Fernandez was also charged with a trespassing misdemeanor for climbing near the sign but was released on bail in 2017.

Tags: News, Hollywood, California, Los Angeles, Crime

Original Author: Kaelan Deese

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