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Man in Captain America costume is accused of groping woman

The police questioning of a man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants on Hollywood Boulevard this week was the second incident involving a costumed character in the area.

Two weeks ago, a man dressed as Captain America was arrested outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre on suspicion of sexual battery, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officials alleged the man groped a woman who was posing for a photo with him.

The incidents are the latest run-ins involving characters who pose for pictures with tourists and then aggressively demand money, according to police. City rules allow people to tip characters, but prohibit them from demanding payment.

On Tuesday, a man in SpongeBob SquarePants outfit was questioned but not arrested in what a LAPD official described as a "brief incident with two females." No other details were available.

A photo of the scene on Hollywood Boulevard was taken by Steve Boelhouwer, who submitted it to The Times.

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-- Andrew Blankstein
twitter.com/anblanx

Photo: The scene outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Credit: Steve Boelhouwer

 
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