6 arrested after changing Hollywood sign to 'HOLLYBOOB'

Clay Curtis
February 3, 2021

Six people have been arrested for altering the Hollywood sign to read "Hollyboob" in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Several pictures and video circulating on social media showed the iconic sign with a big tarp of letter "B" on it thrown over the "W".

The incident came to notice after Los Angeles Police Department security personnel observed five men and one woman on surveillance tape at around 1:15 pm. When a police helicopter arrived, they could see the group move back down the steep terrain toward the famed Mulholland Drive.

The arrestees were not publicly identified and could not be immediately reached for comment Monday.

"There's no vandalism, because the sign wasn't damaged", Lurie said.

The incident can not be classified as vandalism "because the sign wasn't damaged", Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Capt. Steve Lurie, the Hollywood area commander said, per the outlet.

Six people were arrested for altering the sign on Monday and face misdemeanor chrages
Six people were arrested for altering the sign on Monday and face misdemeanor chrages

The sign, first erected in 1923 and later rebuilt in 1978, is known the world over.

A rep for the trust told the LA Times that the LAPD's speedy response was appreciated. The sign and the land it rests upon is owned by the City of Los Angeles, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce owns the licensing rights, and finally the Hollywood Sign Trust, who maintains the sign and the surrounding area.

The sign has been changed before.

In 1987, some Caltech students changed it to read the name of their University.

Alper said people trespass on the property all the time, but mostly get scared off by guards or rangers on bullhorns.

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