Vanessa Hudgens under investigation for allegedly defacing Sedona Red Rock

Vanessa Hudgens and Boyfriend Austin Butler Are Under Investigation For Alleged Etching

Vanessa Hudgens is between a rock and a hard place after an alleged act of love has brought her under fire.

The 27-year-old actress and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Austin Butler, allegedly carved their names in a heart into a rock formation in Sedona, Arizona over Valentine's Day weekend, but the gesture might have broken a federal law.

PICS: Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler Are So Happy Together at Disneyland

A public affairs officer for Coconino National Forest tells ET the incident involving Hudgens and Butler "is under investigation."

See what other celebs did on Valentine's Day:

27 PHOTOS
Celeb Valentine's Day 2016 on social media
See Gallery
Vanessa Hudgens under investigation for allegedly defacing Sedona Red Rock
Happy Valentines Day #thisJohnsonisgettinIt
Cheers to the #SweetestSunday 💕💕 #HappyValentinesDay #SnuggleMe #Feb14
💕Happy Valentine's Day💕
💘
ZAZA❌VDAY
Breakfast in bed from my Valentine! I love you more than I know how to say. ❤️
Happy Valentine's Day, my babies
😍
Happy Valentine's Day ❤️☘
🌹
💘☕️💘
Happy valentines day💕by the sweetest @petrafcollins for @voguemagazine out today
Happy Valentine's Day darling ❤️😘😘
Valentine's Kisses! ❤️💋 #happyvalentinesday #sunday #love #hubbylove #kisses #bigsur #lips #ithinkiloveyou
Perfect Valentines treat at hm❤️❤️❤️❤️🌹🌹🌹🌹 @candybarcouture 💃💃💃happy V day!!!
Cause y' know daddy feeds everyone on Valentine's Day. #BrownLegsAndMilk 😂💪🏾
Valentines
Got my @happyhippiefdn valentines swag! How bout u! Get yours now
😩😂 happy v day babies !!!!! ♡
Happy Valentine's Day to my boo ❤️😊😚 #happyvalentinesday @greggsulkin
My Valentine this year is @mayasideas At 8 years old she started her own business. She's given 3 Ted Talks, started a non-profit organization, and created multiple animated shows with a foundation in education. Now at 16 years old, she continues to change the world and make me feel like a massive slacker. 😝 Thank you @mayasideas for rocking our world. And thank you for coding this heart. I can barely work an iPhone. ☺️😉#codewithlove
Happy Valentine's Day to all the lonely hearts out there today ❤️
On my way ❤️
Happy Valentine's Day baby ...🌹😉😍😘
Breakfast in bed! #valentinesday #myvalentine
❤️❤️ @austinbutler #sedonadreams
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"Officials at the Coconino National Forest became aware of the incident [Monday] when the media alerted them of the situation," the officer tells ET. "There is no deadline for this investigation -- it takes as long as it takes. The maximum punishment for this is $5k and/or 6 months behind bars."

PICS: They Dated?! Surprising Celebrity Hookups

See photos of the stylish actress:

1 PHOTOS
vanessa hudgens
See Gallery
Vanessa Hudgens under investigation for allegedly defacing Sedona Red Rock
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actress Vanessa Hudgens attends the Benefit Cosmetics event at Space 15 Twenty on September 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

ET has reached out to Hudgens' rep for comment.

Eyebrows were raised after Hudgens posted a picture of the carving on Instagram, but the post has since been deleted.

MORE: Bella Hadid's sweet message for boyfriend

Vanessa Hudgens, Beyonce & More with Must-Have Accessory Trends

Read Full Story

From Our Partners