Superhero Brawl On Hollywood BLVD
A fight between Hollywood Boulevard’s surly superheroes was caught on video, and now one fed-up L.A. City Council member wants to crack down.
Tony Arranaga, spokesman for Hollywood-based Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, confirmed to us the news that his boss was working on a council proposal to address the masked mayhem, but details were not available. It’s going to be an uphill battle to fight with the comic-book and blockbuster-inspired men and women who roam the Walk of Fame in search of tips from tourists with cameras.
The street entertainers, sometimes accused of aggressively soliciting tips and occasionally beefing with each other, have long been a thorn in the side of city authorities who want out-of-towners to have a worry free experience on L.A.’s most visited street.
But in 2010 a federal judge’s ruling limited what officials can do about them. The LAPD had essentially banned the superheroes from the area, but U.S. District Judge Dean D. Dean Pregerson said the move violated the characters’ free-speech rights.
Los Angeles police are investigating the incident. Some of those characters could end up being the subjects of assault accusations. Or not. But applying the law to the superheroes as a group might be difficult. The city will need a super lawyer for that.