'Catwoman' claims other characters harassed her before brawl
The plot is thickening as more details emerged in the fight in front of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday evening involving several people dressed as movie and TV characters.
The Los Angeles Police Department said an unidentified man dressed as Jack Sparrow was pepper-sprayed by an attacker. The attack occurred during a fracas involving people dressed as Catwoman, an alien and a second pirate, police sources said.
NBC4 interviewed "Catwoman" Thursday night. She claims two other characters had been drinking and were harassing her all day.
"He was antagonizing me to do so, so I did," she told the station. "I said, 'I'm giving you fair warning. If you do not get away from me I will spray you in the face.'"
The "Willy Wonka" character confirmed "Catwoman's" account to NBC4.
No arrests were made, and no one was seriously hurt, Officer Norma Eisenman said. But police are looking for witnesses and trying to determine if anyone in the tourist area took photos or video of the incident.
In September, a man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants was detained by police outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood after an altercation with two women. In another incident, "Spider-Man" was led away in handcuffs.
Police officials acknowledge that maintaining peace in the area has been challenging. At one point, LAPD officials held a summit with characters to improve relations in the popular destination and even resorted to a temporary ban after problems persisted.
City rules allow people to tip characters, but prohibit them from demanding payment.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Photo: The scene outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in September when a man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants was detained. Credit: Steve Boelhouwer