After the spray-painting of swastikas on a SUNY Purchase campus, police yesterday arrested the 19-year-old son of Michael Imperioli, the actor who played Christopher Moltisanti on “The Sopranos.”
Vadim Imperioli now faces criminal mischief charges over the swastika graffiti, which appeared on Nov. 20 in a college dorm.
Vadim Imperioli hardly fits the alt-right stereotype, coming from an artistically liberal background. In 2008 Michael Imperioli, who has also acted in Blue Bloods and Amazon’s series Mad Dogs, attended Harvey Weinstein’s election party and said: “I really think Obama will soon end the war with Iraq. It will be great to have a President who isn’t lying in bed with oil and the war machine.”
Vadim’s Russian-born mother, Victoria, is a designer with degrees from Parsons and New York’s ultra liberal New School. She also founded a theater company called Studio Dante with the elder Imperioli, a Buddhist.
This isn’t the first time Imperioli Jr. has run afoul of the law. He was put on three years’ probation for another vandalism rap in California, and he’s also facing petty larceny charges over his allegedly unauthorized use of a vehicle earlier this month.
At a hearing earlier this week, the assistant district attorney noted that the Emmy-winning actor’s son had two open cases in court. “He has a disregard for the property of others,” she said.
The younger Imperioli has performed stand-up comedy and appeared with a teen-advice video podcast called “Journals Out Loud,” in which he spoke about his crush on a teacher.
He said: “I had a student teacher who was 18 and that was like a year older than me and I thought it was kind of sexy, she would write on the board with a sharpie.”
In recent months, several colleges across the United States have reported a surge in on-campus graffiti including swastikas and racist messages. At Eastern Michigan University this semester, such graffiti led to a series of protests on campus. But at many universities, administrators have struggled to determine who committed the offensive vandalism.