Drunk woman rubs butt, tries to urinate on $30 million painting

By David Edwards
Thursday, January 5, 2012 14:21 EDT
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Carmen Lucette Tisch arrested for damaging $40 million painting
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A drunk Denver woman decided last week that an abstract expressionist painting worth more than $30 million was missing a little something.

Carmen Lucette Tisch was arrested on charges of criminal mischief after police said she punched Clyfford Still’s “1957-J no.2″ painting. She then dropped her pants and rubbed her rear end on the art work.

Apparently still unsatisfied, Tisch allegedly tried to urinate on the painting, but only managed to wet herself and the floor.

“It doesn’t appear she urinated on the painting or that the urine damaged it, so she’s not being charged with that,” Denver District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Lynn Kimbrough told The Denver Post.

“It was 3:30 in the afternoon,” Kimbrough later explained to WPTV. “To have a person allegedly so intoxicated that they walk into a facility like this and are alleged to have caused such damage is very unusual and very disturbing as well.”

They Clyfford Still Museum estimated that it would cost around $10,000 to restore the painting.

Tisch is being held on $20,000 bond. She has previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol. She has also been arrested for armed robbery, but those charges were later dropped.

Watch this video from News 9, broadcast Jan. 4, 2012.

(H/T: Gawker)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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