Barry Diller Eyes $30 Million Gondola to Hollywood Sign (EXCLUSIVE)

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Barry Diller and his wife, Diane von Furstenberg, are mulling a plan to fund a $25-30 million gondola that would ferry tourists to the Hollywood sign, Variety has learned. The philanthropists — who contributed $35 million toward the construction of the High Line in New York — first floated the idea to L.A. city officials […]

Man Arrested in ‘Hollyweed’ Sign Vandalism

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The LAPD has arrested a 30-year-old suspect in the New Year’s Day vandalism of the Hollywood sign that made the iconic letters briefly spell out “HOLLYWEED.”

Zach Fernandez, also known as “Jesushands” on social media, voluntarily surrendered himself to law enforcement officials on Monday with his attorney present and was arrested on misdemeanor trespassing charges.

If convicted, Fernandez could face up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 15.

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Fernadez had claimed responsibility for the prank in an interview with Buzzfeed last Tuesday, saying he wanted to give people who saw the sign “something to smile and laugh out loud about.”

“Honestly, I didn’t know the gravity of what was going to happen,” he said.

Police said that while the sign was not damaged, several letters were wrapped with tarps, which briefly changed the sign’s appearance.

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“The Hollywood Sign has seen many alteration attempts over the years for people seeking notoriety or commercial gain,” said L.A. City Councilmember David Ryu. “Pranks of this nature deplete the resources of our valuable public safety personnel, in both responding to the prank and in responding to the increased crowds and copycat attempts that these incidents generate. My office has urged the City Attorney and LAPD to investigate and prosecute this case as well as all attempts to trespass near, alter, or vandalize the Sign.”

No, LA’s ‘Hollyweed’ Dispensary Had ‘Nothing to Do’ With Hollywood Sign Vandalism

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TheWrap has already exonerated one potential suspect in the New Year’s Hollywood sign vandalism caper. You’re welcome, cops.

Los Angeles-based pot dispensary Hollyweed had “nothing to do with it,” an employee named Sita told us on Sunday. To be perfectly clear, we haven’t seen or heard any actual suspicion that this was a marketing ploy for the cannabis co-op, but it seemed way too perfect not to ask.

Plus, “We are very, very excited about it,” she told us. And why wouldn’t they be? Free advertising!

Also Read: Hollywood Becomes ‘Hollyweed’: Iconic Sign in Hills Vandalized on New Year’s (Again)

In case you missed it, some jokester altered the iconic “Hollywood” sign to read “Hollyweed.” Yes, again.

The vandalization of the Hollywood Hills landmark happened either late last night on New Year’s Eve or early this morning. Here’s a photo of the result — it’s since been restored:

Join the conversation @ https://t.co/w3oJ4nTd1g — Hollywood sign altered to ‘Hollyweed’ in overnight act of trespass pic.twitter.com/T9EeC4JNsW

— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 1, 2017

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This isn’t the first time such a prank has been pulled on New Year’s. In 1976, college students pulled the same stunt to celebrate a law that, essentially, decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Consider this one an homage for the original’s 40th anniversary.

Security Services Sgt. Trudeau told CBS Los Angeles that the prankster climbed the mountain around midnight Sunday, throwing two tarps over the “O’s” to make them appear like “E’s.” Per the news website, the incident is being investigated as misdemeanor trespassing, and police plan to review video security footage.

Californians approved Prop 64 in November this year, becoming the fifth state to legalize recreational pot.

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High Crimes: New Year’s Eve Pranksters Change Hollywood Sign To “Hollyweed”

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In what feels like an extremely fitting and definitely hilarious start to 2017, presumably pro-marijuana and pro-pun pranksters last night somehow managed to sneak onto the mountaintop grounds of Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood sign and alter it to read “Hollyweed”.

Someone changed famed Hollywood Sign to read ‘Hollyweed’ https://t.co/zVbXXOA7oi pic.twitter.com/2syXSCoxuR
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 1, 2017

Fortunately for Angelenos and for the preservation of…

Hollywood Sign Once Again Changed to ‘Hollyweed’

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Changing the letters of the Hollywood sign is an old tradition, and vandals struck again over New Year’s Eve to change the sign to “Hollyweed.” Perhaps celebrating the first year in which marijuana will be completely legal in California, the stunt wasn’t the first time the sign has read that way. On New Year’s Day, 1976, the… Read more »

Hollywood Becomes ‘Hollyweed’: Iconic Sign in Hills Vandalized on New Year’s

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Some jokester has altered the iconic “Hollywood” sign to read “Hollyweed.”

The vandalization of the Hollywood Hills landmark happened either late last night on New Year’s Eve or early this morning. Here’s a photo of the end-result.

WATCH LIVE: Vandals modify famed Hollywood sign to ‘Hollyweed.’ #LIVE look at https://t.co/w3oJ4nBC9I pic.twitter.com/YKks5I5B6R

— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 1, 2017

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Security Services Sgt. Trudeau told CBS Los Angeles that the prankster climbed the mountain around midnight Sunday, throwing two tarps over the “O’s” to make them appear like “E’s.” Per the news website, the incident is being investigated as misdemeanor trespassing, and police plan to review video security footage.

There is an actual Hollyweed cannabis co-op on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles — it is currently not clear if this incident has any connection to that business. TheWrap has attempted to contact the marijuana dispensary, though it is not yet open for the day.

Californians approved Prop 64 in November, becoming the fifth state to legalize recreational pot.

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