LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has secured a conviction against a man who dresses as the character Mr. Incredible on Hollywood Blvd. for allegedly punching, kicking and body slamming a woman dressed as Batgirl. This conviction is part of an increased and focused effort by Feuer and the LAPD to crack down on violent incidents on Hollywood Blvd., including those involving costumed characters. In the past six months, the City Attorney’s Office has successfully prosecuted seven cases involving characters securing probation and stay away orders.
“Hollywood Blvd. is famous around the globe and attracts millions of visitors every year. We must keep it safe,” said City Attorney Feuer. “The characters who interact with children and family along Hollywood Blvd have to obey the law.”
Muhammet Bilik, 35, was convicted on one count of battery and was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, one day of jail, 20 days of CalTrans work, and 36 Anger Management sessions. Defendant Bilik was also ordered to stay away from the Hollywood Entertainment District which is bordered by La Brea Ave. (west); Franklin Ave. (north); Argyle Ave. (east); and W. Sunset Blvd (south). A hearing is scheduled for March 24, 2015 to determine restitution and proof of progress on the CalTrans and Anger Management.
On October 22, 2014, various news outlets reported a story regarding a fight that broke out on Hollywood Blvd. with video of a man dressed as the Disney character “Mr. Incredible” allegedly punching, throwing and kicking another female character dressed as Batgirl. The incident was posted on various internet outlets.
On November 7, 2014, LAPD officers observed that Batgirl, the victim of the assault, had returned to Hollywood Blvd. When interviewed by LAPD, the victim identified Bilik as the “Mr. Incredible” character and confirmed what was depicted on the video - the defendant body slamming, punching, and kicking her several times. The defendant also allegedly picked the victim up and flipped her causing her to hit her head on the pavement and allegedly kicked her when she was on the ground.
Hollywood Neighborhood Prosecutor, Deputy City Attorney Jackie Lawson successfully prosecuted the case.