Police probe Alba over shark poster protest
Friday 12 June 2009
Jessica Alba... a vandal?
Photos have surfaced that appear to show her defacing Oklahoma City property with posters of a great white shark, and police are investigating.
Police discovered the posters glued to a downtown bridge and elsewhere, including a billboard displaying a United Way advertisement.
Police Sgt. Gary Knight said that investigators have not interviewed Alba, who co-starred in the Fantastic Four movies as well as Sin City and Good Luck Chuck. She's in Oklahoma filming The Killer Inside Me, which co-stars Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson. (A 1976 adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel starred Stacy Keach.)
Telephone messages left with Alba's lawyer and publicist were not returned, but the 28-year-old actress released a statement to apologise.
"I got involved in something I should have had no part of," Alba said.
"I realise that I should have used better judgment, and I regret not thinking things through before I made a spontaneous and ill-advised decision to let myself get involved with the people behind this campaign. I sincerely apologise to the citizens of Oklahoma City and to the United Way for my involvement in this incident."
Photos that apparently show Alba gluing posters and posing before the defaced billboard were posted to the site of blogger White Mike, but later removed. According to the site, the posters are designed to raise awareness of the dwindling population of great white sharks.
A statement posted to the site read: "International pressure is the only way to do it and that starts in Oklahoma, the heartland of America."
An official with the city's Parks and Recreation Department reported the incident to police after spotting the posters and the photos on the Internet. Alba's name is redacted from the police report because she has not been arrested or charged with any crime, Knight said.
United Way of Central Oklahoma President Bob Spinks said the group accepts Alba's apology.
"Just as she is passionate about her cause, we are passionate about serving the people of central Oklahoma," Spinks said. "The interesting thing about this is with our fundraising campaign kicking off today, it's been sort of a funny thing that this has happened at this particular point.
"This is probably the best unearned media we've had in a long time."
Under Oklahoma law, maliciously defacing property can be a felony punishable by prison time if the value of the damage exceeds US$1,000 or more.
Estimates of the damage are between US$500 and US$700, said Kristy Yager, a spokeswoman for the city.
Taken from the New Zealand Herald
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