Pierce Brosnan Changes Plea to Guilty of Breaking Rules at Yellowstone National Park

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Apparently James Bond cannot go wherever he wants. GoldenEye star Pierce Brosnan has pleaded guilty after pleading not guilty several times for allegedly violating several policies while visiting Yellowstone National Park. The 70-year-old actor was given citations for “foot travel in all thermal areas and w/in Yellowstone Canyon confined to trails” and “violating closures and use limits.” He was given the citations on November 1.

After pleading guilty, he was ordered to pay a $500 fine for going off trail and ordered by the judge to pay $1,000 to the nonprofit organization Yellowstone Forever. His second violation was dismissed and his legal troubles are now over. Visitors at Yellowstone National Park are not permitted in certain thermal areas due to safety reasons. The park website states, “In thermal areas, the ground may be only a thin crust above boiling hot springs, and there is no way to guess where a safe path is New hazards can bubble up overnight, and pools are acidic enough to burn through boots, so you must stay in designated walking areas. The park service has established boardwalks for an easy and safe approach to thermal features.”

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Brosnan then went to social media to apologize. He shared, “As an environmentalist I have the utmost respect for and love of our natural world. However, I made an impulsive mistake – one that I do not take lightly – when entering a thermal area covered in snow in Yellowstone National Park to take a photograph. I did not see a ‘No Trespassing’ sign posted that warned of danger nor did I hike in the immediate area. I deeply regret my transgression and offer my heartfelt apologies to all for trespassing in this sensitive area. Yellowstone and all our National Parks are to be cared for and preserved for all to enjoy.” Though he said he didn’t know he was trespassing, perhaps he was inspired by a recent History Channel series called History’s Greatest Heists that he hosted. The series showcased the history of people who snuck into places they shouldn’t and got back out. Many of the episodes were about high-stakes heists and stealing riches, not sneaking into unauthorized areas of parks.


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Brosnan was seemingly taking a break from filming his latest thriller western movie called Unholy Trinity, also starring Samuel L. Jackson. The movie was being filmed right outside Yellowstone National Park, which would make sense as to why he visited the park. On November 1, he shared photos from his time in Montana, even including some sneak peeks of the movie set. Tell us in the comments, have you ever snuck somewhere you weren’t supposed to be? Did you get caught or snuck back out successfully?

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