Actress Jessica Alba regrets shark signs in Oklahoma City

JOHNNY JOHNSON Modified: June 10, 2009 at 9:17 am •  Published: June 10, 2009
Actress Jessica Alba apologized Tuesday over the defacing of city property and a United Way billboard with posters plastered in the downtown area last week.

"I got involved in something I should have had no part of,” Alba said in a written statement sent to The Oklahoman. "I realize that I should have used better judgment, and I regret not thinking things through before I made a spontaneous and ill-advised decision to let myself get involved with the people behind this campaign. I sincerely apologize to the citizens of Oklahoma City and to the United Way for my involvement in this incident.”

Alba is in Oklahoma filming a movie with co-stars Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck. Work began in Guthrie last month.

City Parks and Recreation Department workers noticed posters of sharks on utility boxes June 5, police said. Blogger White Mike posted photos on a shark conservation blog that apparently depicted Alba plastering the posters on the billboard and city property. The photos were later removed.

According to his blog, White Mike travels the United States "shark sniping,” or placing the posters in an effort to bring awareness to dwindling great white shark populations.

The Parks and Recreation Department filed a complaint with Oklahoma City police Tuesday after employees saw the photos, in part thanks to a posting White Mike made on the social networking Web site Twitter with a link to the photos.

Alba’s attorney apologized to the United Way of Central Oklahoma on Alba’s behalf Tuesday afternoon, but Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said late in the afternoon that no one had contacted the city on Alba’s behalf.



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