Screaming “This is evil,” a woman tried to pull Gauguin’s “Two Tahitian Women” from a gallery wall Friday and banged on the picture’s clear plastic covering, said Pamela Degotardi of New York, who was there.
“She was really pounding it with her fists,” Degotardi said. “It was like this weird surreal scene that one doesn’t expect at the National Gallery.”
According to charging documents, an investigator told Ms Burns her rights and asked why she had tried to remove the painting.
"I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it's very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned," according to the documents.
"I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you," she said.
They add: "Susan Burns, 53, has been charged with attempted second-degree theft and destruction of property after the attack on Friday. She was being held without bail pending a mental health hearing tomorrow."
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