Shepard Fairey pleads guilty in Manhattan to rigging discovery process in his A.P. lawsuit (complaint and 'Exhibit A' attached)
2:00 pm Feb. 24, 2012
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced today that Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey pleaded guilty to deliberately misleading lawyers for the Associated Press in the course of his legal tanglings over the popular Barack Obama "HOPE" icon he created in 2008.
According to a press release from Bharara's office, Fairey admitted to "destroying documents, manufacturing evidence, and other misconduct" in the case.
Specifically: He lied when he said that the basis for the poster he made was a photo of Obama sitting at a panelist table next to George Clooney; he destroyed digital files that showed he in fact manipulated the copyright-protected Associated Press photo; he fabricated files to create a digital link between the Clooney-Obama photo and the famous poster; he suggested that an employee create a "file destruction" memorandum for the office that would show they might have deleted the files he had deleted anyway.
Want to see the government exhibit showing the poster and the two photos? Click here.
Want to read the complaint against Fairey? Click here.