Sometimes, the Truth is Stranger than Science Fiction (Star Wars/Chewbacca)

Chewbacca strikes back; performer accused of battery

POSTED: 6:20 p.m. EST, February 3, 2007

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Story Highlights

• Police arrest Chewbacca impersonator in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater
• Street performer accused of head-butting Hollywood tour guide
• Tour guide alleges Frederick Young was harassing tourists; violating city law
• Guide: Before head butt, man told him: “Nobody tells this wookie what to do”

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LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — A man dressed as Chewbacca was arrested after police said the street performer head-butted a tour guide operator in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Frederick Evan Young, 44, of Los Angeles, California, was booked Thursday for investigation of misdemeanor battery, police Lt. Paul Vernon said.

Police said the 6-foot-4 street performer was seen arguing Thursday afternoon with a tour guide who had expressed concern that the Star Wars wookiee impersonator was “harassing and touching tourists” in violation of city law.

‘You can’t tell this wookiee what to do’

The city passed ordinances last year seeking to crack down on the colorful assortment of actors who perform outside the landmark theater. The move was prompted by complaints from tourists who said the actors were aggressive and abusive if they refused to pay for pictures.

Security guards escorted Young off theater property, but he decided to strike back and head-butted the tour guide, Vernon said.

“The lesson here is you can have the force with you,” Vernon said. “You just can’t use illegal force.”

Young could not be reached for comment. His telephone number was unlisted.

The tour guide, Brian Sapir, told the Los Angeles Times that he asked the Chewbacca impersonator to stop harassing two young Japanese tourists when the actor exploded in anger.

“He said, ‘Nobody tells this wookiee what to do,”‘ Sapir said.

(Note – I came across this super-rare photograph snapped as Chewbacca was taken into custody.  Who loves you??)

When reached for comment, Chewbacca said, “Rrrraaahhhhhhaarrrrrraaahhhharrrrr.”  Translated, that mean, “No comment.”

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