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British man charged with defacing queen's portrait


June 14. 2013 6:37AM
Associated Press



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(AP) Police say a man has been charged with allegedly spraying paint on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that is hanging in Westminster Abbey.


Tim Haries is due to appear in a London court Friday charged with criminal damage over 5,000 pounds ($7,800).


The 41-year-old was arrested at the abbey Thursday after a portrait of the monarch by Australian artist Ralph Heimans was defaced with paint.


The dads' rights group Fathers 4 Justice said Haries was a member and had painted the word "help" on the 9-foot by 11-foot (2.5-meter by 3.4-meter) canvas.


Heimans' portrait, which depicts the queen on the spot in the abbey where she was crowned, was commissioned last year to mark the monarch's 60 years on the throne.


Associated Press


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