Will posted a couple days ago about Chewbacca getting arrested on Hollywood Blvd… Don’t worry it wasn’t the real Chewbacca, just some street performer dude. I was pretty excited this morning when I opened up the LA Times and noticed an article with the tagline, “Nobody tells this wookiee what to do!’ “ Click here to read that baby. I posted some of the highlights below and if you haven’t seen the video of Chewy cuffed and be led to a police car click here to watch it.
From Los Angeles Times:
“LAPD officers arrested “Star Wars” street performer Frederick Evan Young, 44, of Los Angeles in his furry brown wookiee costume Thursday on a charge of misdemeanor battery for allegedly head-butting a tour guide who complained about Young’s treatment of two visitors from Japan.
The incident — witnessed by Superman and other impersonators — is the latest clash outside the landmark cinema between visitors and performers dressed as movie and cartoon characters.”
“Authorities said it began when a Star Line Tours guide allegedly observed the Chewbacca character harassing two young girls from a rival Japanese tour company.
Guide Brian Sapir said that when he asked the performer not to touch the visitors, Young became angry.
“You could see in his eyes he was exploding beneath the mask,” Sapir said Friday. “He yelled at me, ‘Nobody tells this wookiee what to do!’ ”
After a security guard suggested that the 6-foot-5 Young take a walk down Hollywood Boulevard to cool off, he became more agitated, said Sapir, 32. “He threw off his mask and walked toward me and slammed his head into my forehead.”
Other guards held Young for police. He was later released on $20,000 bail and is expected in court later this month, said Lt. Paul Vernon, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. “
“The whole thing has the creators of the “Star Wars” character shaking their heads.
“The street performer doesn’t have any affiliation with Lucasfilm,” said company spokeswoman Lynne Hale. “Nevertheless, we are disappointed that someone dressed as Chewbacca would behave in this way.”
I love LA.