Former professional athlete William ‘Willy Biggs’ Stolk faces criminal charges after he and a friend allegedly used powerful lasers to project pro-cannabis messages onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge Sidney.
Former professional skier William Stolk and his friend Alec Zammitt were arrested by police on April 20 in a room at the Park Hyatt hotel which directly faces the opera house and the bridge.
The couple reportedly used their uninterrupted view of Sydney’s iconic landmarks to project large images of a marijuana leaf along with other pro-cannabis images, including the name of their activist group ‘Who Do We Do To wrong?” in the early hours of April 20.
The couple also reportedly uploaded a video of the incident to YouTube, with the clip garnering over 15,000 views.
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Both men were taken into custody where they were held for six hours before being released on bail.
One of their strict bail conditions prohibits the two men from contacting each other.
The pair have both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, including distributing advertising on Opera property.
Stolk told The Daily Telegraph that police chose to bring criminal charges to set an example.
“…Raising a criminal charge for something that left no permanent mark on the building is ridiculous,” he said.
“I think that accusation is very harsh and they are trying to make an example out of us to deter people from doing it again.”
The maximum fine for the charges against them is $1,100.
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