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Sunday, 03 February 2019 21:26

From Staff Reports

Officials with the Asheville Regional Airport confirmed on Jan. 8 that an art display by Asheville artist, Jonas Gerard, had been vandalized twice in the previous seven days, Asheville’s WLOS-TV News 13 reported recently.

Tina Kinsey, a spokesperson for the airport, told News 13 that the display was vandalized early morning on Jan. 6 and, on the evening of Jan. 7, the display was vandalized again.

Kinsey confirmed to News 13 that the airport police department is investigating the incident.

The artwork has since been removed.

Meanwhile, the Asheville Citizen Times reported on Jan. 8 that the weekend vandism caused “thousands of dollars worth of damage. The incidents add to the more than a dozen instances targeting the local artist over the past year.”

News 13 reported in 2015 that Gerard was charged with sexual battery — and the Citizen Times reported it its Jan. 8 article that Gerard denied the charges.

In a statement released Dec. 21, 2017, Gerard said that the charge was dropped.

That was followed by protests and claims from masked community activists, accusing Gerard of assaulting multiple women.

In the statement Gerard posted on Facebook following the initial protests, he said, in part, that each individual who filed a charge against him withdrew their charges and the criminal complaint voluntarily.

Gerard spokesman Allen Brasington issued the following statement to News 13:

“This is an ongoing pattern of vandalism inspired by an anonymous and defamatory group trying to meet their own form of ongoing ‘justice.’ We have attempted a civil dialogue repeatedly and have been met with rejection, vandalism, and belligerence.

“Through outright defamation over the last 13 months, there has been a campaign against Jonas with anonymous claims and second- and third-hand accusations, each more outrageous than the last. The result has been more than $40,000 in property damage.”



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