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'Jack Sparrow' pepper-sprayed in Hollywood action figure brawl

February 2, 2012 |  7:39 pm

Man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants was detained by police outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in September.
A brawl between several people dressed as action figures erupted in front of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday evening, resulting in a Jack Sparrow character being pepper-sprayed by an attacker, police said.

Jack Sparrow was treated for minor injuries in the fracas that included Catwoman, an alien and a second pirate, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Officers were searching streets in Hollywood after Catwoman, the alien and pirate fled following the free-for-all that played out in front of tourists on busy Hollywood Boulevard, Officer Norma Eisenman said.

The incident was the latest run-in between characters who pose for pictures with tourists and then aggressively demand money, according to police.

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.


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