Pierce Brosnan Pleads Not Guilty to Charges That He Trespassed on Delicate Thermal Area in Yellowstone

In December, the 'James Bond' actor received citations after posting a photo of himself in what authorities claimed was a restricted and dangerous area of the national park's hot springs

<p>Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images; Pierce Brosnan/Instagram</p>

Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images; Pierce Brosnan/Instagram

•Pierce Brosnan was cited in December for allegedly entering a protected thermal area of Yellowstone National Park

•The 'James Bond' actor seemingly shared a photo of himself standing on a white crust similar to those found in the park's restricted thermal areas

•He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to new court documents

Pierce Brosnan is maintaining he did no wrong while hiking in Yellowstone's hot springs.

In December, the actor was cited in Wyoming after allegedly entering protected thermal areas of Yellowstone National Park, per a court document obtained by PEOPLE. TMZ shared a seemingly since-deleted photo of the actor standing on a white crust that resembles some of the park's thermal attractions.

Earlier this month, Brosnan pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, per an additional court document.

<p>Pierce Brosnan/Instagram</p>

Pierce Brosnan/Instagram

According to a criminal docket filed in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming in December, the James Bond actor received citations for traveling by foot “in all thermal areas and w/in Yellowstone Canyon confined to trails" and “violating closures and use limits” on Nov. 1. Both citations are listed as petty offenses.

The thermal areas within the park include include hot springs, geysers, mudpots, travertine terraces and fumaroles, per Yellowstone National Park’s official site.

Related: Pierce Brosnan Cited for Allegedly Entering Protected Yellowstone Park Thermal Areas

Yellowstone visitors must respect multiple safety rules around the thermal areas. The park warns that the ground below the thermal areas “may be only a thin crust above boiling hot springs,” and there is no confirmation whether or not the area is safe.

Additionally, parkgoers must stay on the established walking pathways because the “pools are acidic enough to burn through boots."

<p>Getty</p> Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park

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Brosnan was in Wyoming in October to film The Unholy Trinity. The Western is mostly being filmed at the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Paradise Valley, according to The Livingston Enterprise.

The upcoming historical epic stars Brosnan, Samuel L. Jackson, Brandon Lessard and Ethan Peck. Brosnan plays a man who sends his estranged son (Lessard) to kill the man who framed him for a crime he didn't commit.

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