Man charged after ‘Picasso painting’ attacked in London gallery

LONDON (Reuters) – British police have charged a man with criminal damage after a painting, reported by the BBC to have been by Spanish master Pablo Picasso, was attacked at a London gallery over the weekend.

The incident happened on Saturday at the Tate Modern gallery when Picasso’s 1944 painting “Bust of a Woman”, worth some 20 million pounds ($26 million), was slashed the BBC said.

It said the work, which depicts Picasso’s lover Dora Maar and was painted in Paris in May 1944 during the final months of the Nazi occupation, was reported to have been ripped.

The gallery confirmed an incident had taken place but declined to identify the painting.

It said in a statement: “An incident occurred at Tate Modern on Dec. 28 when a member of the public attempted to damage a painting. 

“The person was swiftly apprehended and has been charged. Police are investigating. The work of art is with our conservation team for expert assessment.”

London’s Metropolitan police said in a statement on Tuesday that detectives investigating an incident of criminal damage at the Tate Modern on Dec. 28 had charged a man.

Shakeel Massey, 20, appeared in court on Monday and was remanded in custody until Jan. 30 when he will attend a pre-trial hearing at Inner London Crown Court.

Reporting by Stephen Addison; Editing by Alex Richardson

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