Country Rapper Shot Paintings With Assault Rifle, Artist Says

Law360 (August 6, 2019, 6:59 PM EDT) -- Country music performer Ryan Edward Upchurch — known by his fans simply as "Upchurch" — uploaded a video of himself shooting an artist's paintings with an assault rifle, scrawled an insult directed toward the artist on one of the paintings, and then auctioned the works off, according to a suit filed Monday in Florida federal court.

Florida visual artist Jacob Aaron LeVeille said Upchurch "intentionally mutilated" two portraits the country rapper had commissioned from LeVeille after a dispute over payment grew heated on social media. One of the portraits was of Upchurch and the other was of Johnny Cash, according to the...

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