The artist who drew a nude portrait of Donald Trump that was shown in a London Gallery says she was punched in the face outside her house by a vengeful supporter of the presidential candidate.
Illma Gore, 24, says she was assaulted by a Trump fan near her home in Los Angeles over the weekend, leaving her face bruised.
The artist posted photographs of her raw-looking black eye to Instagram in the aftermath of her injury. Gore said the attack happened around La Cienega Boulevard. Her attacker leaped from a Black Honda Civic, hit her and then fled, she said.
She had recently returned from promoting the controversial nude, which was put on sale by a London gallery. As Heat Street previously reported, the image made a laughing stock of Trump among the crowds visiting the Mayfair Maddox Gallery.
Content warning – the uncensored painting is reproduced below
A gallery source said the work has attracted offers in excess of $700,000.
Today I was punched in the face by a man who got out of his car and yelled, "Trump 2016!" in Los Angeles, just days after I returned home from London just down the road from my house. Though I encourage passion, opinion and emotion, especially though art, I think violence is disgusting. To live in a place where Facebook has given my address to an anonymous third party makes me anxious. This type of violence makes creatives feel like we live in a world where our individual creative input isn't safe. I am sad that this is the state of our America right now. I am sad that Trump, and many of his supporters, don't find words enough to express their opinions – they need walls, waterboarding and punches. @realdonaldtrump Please stop glamorizing and perpetuating violence. Make America Decent Again! #makeamericadecentagain No, they have not been caught, and the men drove off laughing. A detailed police report has been filed.
She is currently creating a comparable nude image of Ted Cruz.
Gore blamed Trump, who more than once has appeared to encourage supporters to attack political opponents, for “glamorizing and perpetuating violence.” (Trump denies that he incites violence.)
She says she reported the attack to the police, though the LAPD could not immediately confirm details of the case.
Heat Street has contacted Gore for more information.