A 23-year-old man has been issued with a court attendance notice by police after he was filmed painting over the iconic George Michael mural in Sydney’s inner-west painted in honour of the singer’s death last year.
The public defacing of the street art was the result of a call-to-arms Facebook post from ‘Christian Lives Matter’ who demanded action against the artwork calling it “offensive,” “discriminatory,” and “pornographic”.
The man was filmed saying that the mural was ”sacrilegious” and that he was “defending my religion” before being led away by police. The man is expected to face the Downing Centre Local Court on December 7 with a charge of graffiti.
The man photographed spray painting over the same mural earlier has been stood down from his job at Azztek Stone after the company was alerted to his actions in company uniform.
“The company is willing to compensate for the damage that has been done and return the artwork to its original condition,” the statement said. “We apologise for any offence or harm the irresponsible actions of our employee may have caused.”
The mural has since been covered with words of love by the community.