Woman arrested after famous Austin mural defaced

Woman arrested after famous Austin mural defaced

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In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, file photo, carpenter Lee Blair carries a ladder near a well-known mural of a frog-like creature saying "Hi, How Are You," in Austin, Texas.  The mural was painted by Texas singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston. In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, file photo, carpenter Lee Blair carries a ladder near a well-known mural of a frog-like creature saying "Hi, How Are You," in Austin, Texas. The mural was painted by Texas singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A woman has been arrested after police saw her defacing a well-known Austin mural painted by Texas singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston.

According to an arrest affidavit, 32-year-old Rebecca Guest was arrested Christmas Eve and charged with a Class A misdemeanor for the act of graffiti. An obscene word was spray-painted several times on the mural, which depicts a frog-like creature saying "Hi, How Are You."

Guest told police that she believed the mural was offensive and meant to personally insult her.

She was out of custody by Wednesday afternoon. An Austin phone number could not be found.

Johnston painted the mural in 1993 on the exterior wall of what was then a record store. The image was printed on a T-shirt, which Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain once wore.

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