9/11 Truther Defaces Iconic Louvre Painting
'Liberty Leading the People' said to have inspired Statue of Liberty
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2013 2:22 PM CST
France President Francois Hollande stands in front of "Liberty Leading the People," a painting by Eugene Delacroix, during the inauguration of the Lens, France, branch of the Louvre, Dec. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

(Newser) – A 28-year-old woman has been arrested after museum guards caught her scribbling graffiti on an iconic Eugene Delacroix painting at the newly-opened Louvre branch in Lens, France. The 1830 painting, dubbed "Liberty Leading the People," was featured on France's pre-euro 100-franc note, and reportedly inspired the Statue of Liberty, the BBC reports. What the woman wrote hasn't been disclosed, but officials say it is a reference to a 9/11 conspiracy theory.

The woman's identity has not been released, but a local prosecutor described her as "unstable," and said she had a "French-sounding name." Museum officials say there's a chance the painting can be "easily cleaned," but they're summoning a restoration expert to find out. The Lens branch has been open only since December, and it had the famous painting on a year-long loan.

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Chatsworth
Feb 9, 2013 11:04 AM CST
Oh, I'm sure the 911 attack must've been orchestrated by the right wingers,so the World Trade Center could be destroyed and the stock market would be in the crapper for years to come.That re-ally makes sense.I'm sure the whole catastrophe was orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden and Al Queda,that's what I'm sure of.These "truthers" are all high on weed .
Just_Dave
Feb 9, 2013 9:26 AM CST
What!? A truther (Bush haters) acted out - wow. Along with the LAPD manhunt that makes this a rough week for the righteous left. ....you just have to wonder if crazy is unaffiliated in its political leanings.
HANKHILL
Feb 9, 2013 9:10 AM CST
rubber room 50 years.