HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — A woman dressed as Catwoman on Hollywood Boulevard is speaking out Friday after a pepper spray incident.

Her name is Lydia and she tells CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen that she unleashed a canister of pepper spray Thursday night when she got into a scuffle with a character dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow.

According to Lydia, the Sparrow impersonator and his friend were harassing her for hours.

“And they were out of control… drunk out here,” she says.

The incident in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard was witnessed by several people.

Lydia says the men bumped into her and tourists and called her offensive names for three hours straight.

“I said ‘Listen, I have had enough. I’m gonna warn you for one last time. If you do not get away from me and get out of my face, and stop harassing me, I will pepper spray you,’” she recalls.

The fight is the latest incident involving people who dress as characters to compete for handouts and donations from tourists.

Last September, a man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants was involved in a brawl with two people, believed to be tourists and in 2010, Los Angeles police arrested a number of characters for aggressive begging.

As a result of those arrests, police learned a number of the characters had serious rap sheets.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Chairman Marty Shelton says we would see fewer problems if the city required performers to get permits.

In the meantime, Lydia says she’ll hold onto her pepper spray.

“Most of the girls out here, especially ones who work in the evening, always have it,” she adds.

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Comments (16)
  1. j. says:

    As a Hollywood local, I continue to hope that these Hollywood Blvd. street characters will one day be regulated and have their backgrounds checked. Freedom of speech is precious, but to steal copyrighted characters and make a whole lot of untaxed cash, and harass tourists and locals, and take pictures with children with no background checks. This is out of hand. Tourists think they represent Hollywood. They don’t.

  2. M says:

    Um… I was a tourist before I became a CA resident and I NEVER thought the characters on Hollywood Boulevard “represent Hollywood.” I knew exactly what they were doing. Give Tourists some credit…

  3. Jim Koy says:

    More video and pics o sexy Hollywood Catwoman Lydia, please! (Sharon Tay and Evelyn Taft would look great in that outfit, too!)

  4. Jim Koy says:

    …”of” (not “o”)

  5. Timothy McGarry says:

    Oh, hey- it’s a subculture of a subculture from the big subculture known as “Hollywood”.

  6. Aleph Wongraven says:

    i think i’ll start dressing up as Bobby Peru !!!!

  7. Arcadian Duran says:

    Just people trying to swindle other out of money agressive begging should be regulated, i mean serious, if you want to dress up as a character thats okay, but on holloween only, no other time, dont stand in front of the chinese theater looking for a handout, if you want to work goto universal studio and apply there.

    1. Frank says:

      Many Mexican / Latinos enjoy the attention the characters bring.

      1. GROWAPAIR says:

        frank r u still sprung on latino verga. ! u puto LOL

  8. Cindy duck says:

    Ima try to go There with my famil tonight! Sooo exciting I hope we see batman!, woo hoo!

  9. SH says:

    As a business owner on the Blvd. I do think that these characters should be regulated, just as you see Spiderman undressing himself in font of children etc. Also, I’ve had characters change their daily dollar bills into larger ones to see that in some days they make over $300.
    In my opinion, the pepper spray incident occurred due to lack of profits, and it’s just another territorial fight….

    1. Frank says:

      It certainly is refreshing to see more whites as characters then the Mexican or Latino side.

  10. Brian says:

    she can be my catwoman ruff ruff i like to borrow that outfit so I can wear it myself and be cat man

  11. MIKEY IS STILL A PUS$Y says:

    A new year and UPLAND MIKEY still lives with no balls and a limp d!ck using multiple screen names to remind everyone what a puS$y dumbf**k his $lut mama sh!t out. So far it’s called itself:
    GR0WAPAIR \\
    1stman sniffs balls
    and,hijacked GROWAPAIR and probably a few others to say stupid sh!t only the pu$Sy dumbf**k understands.
    Anyone else notice any other names by this ball sniffing aS$f**k?

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