A novice filmmaker who dressed in a hairy Bigfoot costume outfit and frightened backpackers on New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock is right now suing the state for not permitting him back on the mountain without having the required permits. The Bigfoot filmmaker believes he is being unfairly targeted by the state.
Jonathan Doyle decked out as the legendary Bigfoot, shot portion of a motion picture on the well known scenic mountain in ’09 and then surveyed hikers to get their reactions as to what they saw. Jonathan Doyle’s friends had been filming him on Mount Monadnock.
He proposes the state’s prerequisite that he cover the cost of a permit and obtain a $2m (£1.2m) insurance bond before he can film violates his free speech rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is supporting Mr. Doyle’s legal action. The underlying activities are humorous, but the principle’s important,” Jon Meyer, an attorney defending Mr. Doyle, informed the Associated Press (AP) news agency.
He added: “We don’t believe there’s any legitimate government role in regulation.” New Hampshire state authorities haven’t commented on the court case.
I wonder how those frightened backpackers feel about it, personally I feel they will probably be very happy if he was never allowed on the mountain again to scare others. This actually could have been a very dangerous stunt not only to Jonathan Doyle but the backpackers as well. Someone could’ve been badly injured or in the worst-case scenario even killed.