‘Jaw-dropping’: Man disguised as woman in wheelchair hurls cake at Mona Lisa

A Liverpool fan who was at the Louvre following his side’s Champions League final defeat asked: ‘What were the odds this would happen?’
The activist punched the Mona Lisa’s protective glass before smearing it with the cake (@lukeXC2002/Twitter)

The activist punched the Mona Lisa’s protective glass before smearing it with the cake (@lukeXC2002/Twitter)

By Edd Dracott, PA

A man disguised as an elderly woman in a wheelchair has thrown cake at the Mona Lisa, in a moment described as “jaw-dropping” by witnesses.

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting was unharmed in the incident at the Louvre in Paris on Sunday, as the attack left a smear of white cream across its protective glass.

The perpetrator, wearing a wig and lipstick, called on people to “think of the Earth” as they were led from the scene.

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Liverpool FC fan Klevis, who did not wish to share his second name, was at the Louvre following his side’s 1-0 defeat in the UEFA Champions League final to Real Madrid at the Stade de France.

“I had mixed emotions, was feeling sad and disappointed,” the 26-year-old from Albania told the PA news agency.

“I came to Paris for the match and the second thing I planned to do was to see the Mona Lisa.

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“Some guy dressed as an old woman on a wheelchair attacked it with a cake.

“What were the odds this would happen?”

Fellow Louvre visitor Luke Sundberg, a track and field runner from Denver, Colorado, witnessed the incident as he was queuing to view the masterpiece.

“The crowd begin gasping and we looked up and some man in a wheelchair (dressed) as an old lady ran up to the painting and started punching it before smearing cake all over it,” the 20-year-old told PA.

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“It took about 10 to 15 seconds for the security to actually take the man away, but the crowd seemed to panic a little bit.

“It was jaw-dropping, it was a lot to take in considering how historic Mona Lisa is… the moment was once in a million.”

The activist was also seen throwing roses in the gallery.

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As he was escorted out by security, he was heard saying: “Think of the Earth. There are people who are destroying the Earth. Think about it. Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That’s why I did this.”

A video from Mr Sundberg showed a crowd near the painting break into applause after the cream was cleaned from the glass.

The 16th-century work had the glass installed in the 1950s to protect it after an acid attack.


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