NNN Reporters Newsroom Forum  

Go Back   NNN Reporters Newsroom Forum > RSS FEED

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-08-2019, 10:06 AM
The Bobster's Avatar
The Bobster The Bobster is offline
Senior Editor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 69,549
Default black Texas man arrested for defacing famous ‘Charging Bull’ statue

https://nypost.com/2019/09/07/texas-...g-bull-statue/

Texas man arrested for defacing famous ‘Charging Bull’ statue
By Kenneth Garger
September 7, 2019 | 5:29pm | Updated


Tevon Varlack is removed from the 1st precinct in Manhattan ofter being charged wih defacing the iconic “Charging Bull” sculpture by Arturo Di Modica on Brodway and Whitehall St in Wall Street.
William Miller


A Texas man bashed on the “Charging Bull” statue in Manhattan’s Financial District with what appeared to be a banjo Saturday, leaving the iconic idol with a gash on its right horn, police said.


William Miller


Witnesses spotted an agitated Tevon Varlack, 42, of Dallas, repeatedly whacking the bronze bovine’s right horn with a large metal object that resembled a string instrument at 12:30 p.m., authorities said.

It’s unclear what Varlack was muttering during his rampage against the popular sculpture, but passersby were saddened to see the stout statue’s wounds.

Varlack was arrested without incident when police arrived at the site on Broadway near Morris Street. He was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

As of Saturday night, he was awaiting arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court.

The 3½-ton bull — a symbol of stock-market optimism — was created by Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica in 1989.

The artist, now in his late 70s, offered the work free of charge as his “gift” to America. He’s been known to go after people who mess with his creation.

In 2017, Di Modica vowed to seek revenge on a female sculptor named Kristen Visbal, who was commissioned to create a bronze statue of a young girl staring down the bull — famously dubbed the “Fearless Girl.” The piece was supposed to send a message about workplace gender diversity and spark conversation about having more women in positions of power.

Many people, including activists and feminists, viewed the bull as a symbol of the male dominance in Wall Street — a claim Di Modica has repeatedly blasted.

“I am not against women,” the artist told reporters in 2017.

It was ultimately unclear why Varlack chose to target the “Charging Bull” on Saturday. Di Modica and his lawyers could not be reached for comment.
__________________
Those who find the truth hateful just hate hearing the truth.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.....on a nigger.

If you're not catching flak, you're not over the target.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-09-2019, 12:15 PM
The Bobster's Avatar
The Bobster The Bobster is offline
Senior Editor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 69,549
Default Re: Texas man arrested for defacing famous ‘Charging Bull’ statue

https://nypost.com/2019/09/08/chargi...ity-landmarks/

Accused ‘Charging Bull’ statue smasher ordered to ‘stay away’ from city landmarks
By C.J. Sullivan and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
September 8, 2019 | 2:03pm | Updated


Tevon Varlack Rashid Umar Abbasi

It was a landmark decision.

A Manhattan judge on Sunday ordered the Texas man accused of bashing the Financial District’s Charging Bull statue to “stay away from the landmarks in this city.”

“Do not go back and visit the bull,” Judge Althea Drysdale told accused bull bully Tevon Varlack during his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Sunday.

Varlack, 42, wore a white t-shirt with the phrase “Let Us Not Forget The Ten Commandments” and appeared animated during his arraignment — even attempting to shake hands with a court officer.

Another inmate who spent the night in jail with Varlack said Sunday that the long-haul trucker continued his bizarre behavior behind bars, and “was up early singing gospel songs and preaching about God back in the cells. “

But he’s given no reason for the bizarre assault on the 3 1/2-ton statue.

In the Bible, Moses famously berated the Israelites when they began worshiping a statue of a golden calf while he was off receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.

Police said Varlack, a long-haul trucker, admitted when he was arrested Saturday that he took his metallic banjo and smashed the iconic bull, leaving a gash in one horn.

“I did it,” prosecutors said Varlack told officers during Varlack’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Sunday. “The banjo, the trumpet, and the speakers are mine.”

Prosecutors said three witnesses saw the Texan attack the bull in Bowling Green Park with the banjo, and said the office would seek restitution for the damage.

He was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon.

Drysdale released Varlack without bail and is due back in court on Oct. 16.

She said Varlack would have to figure out a way to get back to New York for that court date, and told him he would not qualify for a Legal Aid lawyer because he has a job.

Varlack had no comment as he ambled out onto Centre Street after the arraignment.

Meanwhile, statue creator Arturo Di Modica told The Post he believes Varlack attacked the statue to get his 15 minutes of fame.

“The guy wanted publicity and he did it for publicity,” the artist said. “He knew he was going to be arrested and he knew he was going to be in the paper. It wasn’t something that he wanted to hit the bull.”

Di Modica, who is out of the country, said he expects repairs to be completed by the time he returns to New York at the end of the month.

But he said “it’s a big job,” and estimated the damage at $10,000 to $15,000.

“The bull belongs to everybody, to the world,” he said. “In New York we must take care of it that nothing happens again.”
__________________
Those who find the truth hateful just hate hearing the truth.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.....on a nigger.

If you're not catching flak, you're not over the target.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-11-2019, 09:20 AM
The Bobster's Avatar
The Bobster The Bobster is offline
Senior Editor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 69,549
Default Re: Texas man arrested for defacing famous ‘Charging Bull’ statue

https://nypost.com/2019/09/11/bull-r...tatues-repair/

Bull-riding group wants to help pay for ‘Charging Bull’ statue’s repair
By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
September 11, 2019 | 10:32am

Organizers of the country’s largest bull-riding tour are chipping in to repair the Financial District’s “Charging Bull” statue, which was vandalized last week by a religious zealot.

Professional Bull Riders, which opens its rough-and-tumble season at Madison Square Garden in January, will donate $1 from each ticket purchased — which could add up to $35,000 — to fix the iconic bronze statue that was damaged when a crazed Texas man bashed it with a steel-reinforced banjo on Saturday.

“Charging Bull is an enduring symbol of resilience — being knocked down and getting back up,” PBR spokesman Andrew Giangola said. “That’s what cowboys do.”

“And clearly, it’s a badass bull, just like the bovines of the sport,” he added.

Giangola said the opening weekend will mark the 14th-straight year the Garden and the Big Apple will host the launch of their bull-riding season, with tickets due to go on sale Sept. 23.

It’s become an annual tradition for cowboys — and their fans — to make the trip to downtown for pics in front of the bovine statue, he said.

“Our fans have such an affinity for that bull,” Giangola said. “It’s such a great symbol.”

Giangola said Arturo Di Modica, the artist who created the statue, proved he had guts — and the fighting spirit of a cowboy — when he presented Charging Bull to the world in December 1989.

Di Modica plopped the 3 ½-ton statue on Broad Street in the middle of the night in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash — a Christmas present, he says, to city residents.

Police hauled the illegal sculpture away, but the public outcry prompted city officials to bring the bull out of the impound lot and install it at its current location in Bowling Green.

It remains a hugely popular tourist attraction.

Modica told The Post on Sunday that he estimated the damage to the bull at $10,000 to $15,000, and said he expected it would be fixed by the end of the month when he returns from a trip to Italy.

On Saturday, Texas long-haul trucker Tevon Varlack smashed the statue it with a banjo while calling it “the devil” — leaving a gash in one of the bull’s horns.

Varlack was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon.

At his arraignment Sunday, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Althea Drysdale released the Texan without bail pending a return court appearance, but cautioned him to “stay away” from city landmarks.
__________________
Those who find the truth hateful just hate hearing the truth.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.....on a nigger.

If you're not catching flak, you're not over the target.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.