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YouTuber arrested for climbing Hollywood sign

It's not the first time he's been arrested.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on May 26, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 5:19 pm CDT

On Wednesday night, Los Angeles police had to talk a YouTuber down from the Hollywood sign. 

Prank star Vitaly Zdorovetskiy was arrested after he climbed the sign (twice) and waved a flag that said “I’m back.” On Tuesday, Zdorovetskiy tweeted out that he’d be filming a “huge stunt” on Wednesday. It definitely caught the attention of KTLA’s sky team, who captured him atop the D in the sign. 

There were also drones in the area filming the stunt, which did not make helicopter pilots happy. 


His movie, Natural Born Pranksters, was released earlier this year on demand, so it’s not a stunt for that, but it is likely a stunt for another prank-related movie or endeavor. In 2014, Zdorovetskiy ran onto the field during the World Cup final; he was arrested and fined. He was arrested in 2012 for a fake bomb threat related to one of his videos.  

Zdorovetskiy will likely be fined and could possibly spend up to six months in county jail. He was released on bail Wednesday night and told ABC 7 he did it “because adrenaline, man. You only live once and you have to explore things. I got high on life.” 

H/T Variety 

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*First Published: May 26, 2016, 12:14 pm CDT