HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — A woman dressed as Catwoman pepper-sprayed a reportedly out-of-control costumed character — described as either Captain Jack Sparrow or Ozzy Osbourne — in front the Kodak Theater Thursday night.
The scuffle in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard was witnessed by several superheroes and aliens.
Witnesses said the unruly impersonator had been bugging several other characters throughout the afternoon, but gave extra attention to Catwoman, harassing her for quite some time.
“I heard a scream. ‘Ahhh!’ and it was Catwoman. You know Catwoman? There was Catwoman with a spray,” a man dressed as Captain America told CBS2. “Because she was really pissed off with the guy who plays Ozzy Osbourne, you know? Because he was bothering her. Annoying, saying nasty things.”
The fight is the latest incident involving people who dress as characters to compete for handouts and donations from tourists.
A man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants was arrested last September after getting into a street brawl with two females, believed to be tourists.
In another incident last year, a YouTube video was posted showing an “Elmo” character getting into a fight; and in 2009, a Spider-Man allegedly punched another person.
The LAPD has been looking at these incidents for quite some time, and made a string of arrests a few years ago. In fact, there was a “super hero” summit called over tension between police and the characters, who felt they were being bullied with so many arrests at the time.
City regulations permit people to tip the characters for their performances, but prohibit them from demanding payment.
Police, who are still investigating the incident, say no arrests were made and no injuries were reported.