Artist: I Was Attacked Over Nude Trump Painting

'I am scared for America,' says Illma Gore
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2016 8:20 AM CDT
Updated May 4, 2016 8:37 AM CDT
Illma Gore   (Instagram)

(Newser) – From death threats to an alleged attack: Artist Illma Gore, whose unflattering pastel drawing of Donald Trump in the buff is hanging in a gallery in London, says a Trump supporter punched her in the face on a Los Angeles street as she walked near her home on Friday. Gore, who had just returned from the UK, tells NBC4 that a shirtless man around 25 years old, wearing red shorts and a red cap, jumped out of a car, yelled "Trump 2016," hit her, and then laughed. An Instagram photo shows Gore with blood in her eye and plenty of bruising. "She sustained severe injuries," an LAPD rep says. "We are aware of the incident and we are investigating."

"I am scared for America, and for the future for myself and for artists," Gore says. "I am sad that Trump, and many of his supporters, don't find words enough to express their opinions. They need walls, waterboarding, and punches," she adds on Instagram, calling on Trump to "stop glamorizing and perpetuating violence." She also asks for any witnesses to the attack to come forward, notes the Huffington Post. Despite all, Gore says she has no regrets about the Trump portrait. In fact, she just wrapped up a portrait of Ted Cruz in the nude, per the New York Daily News. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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