Artist Ashley Gore claims she got a black eye after a Donald Trump supporter socked her over an unflattering nude portrait she painted of the billionaire.
“Some people have said that I was asking for it because I painted Donald Trump nude and I was disrespectful,” the Los Angeles-based told IE.
The portrait showed Trump’s flabby body and attacked his manhood.
“The response was huge. I had 50 million views within three days of posting it,” she said.
But some Trump supporters weren't happy, she said. Over the weekend, one attacked her, she said.
“A man got out of the passenger side [of a car] and struck me in the face and the group of men who were in the car laughed, and yelled 'Trump 2016' and drove off,” she said.
Trump's arch enemy Rosie O’Donnell tweeted a photo of the artist’s black eye with the message "he will never be president."
Gore filed a police report after the incident. In the report, she says the suspect yelled "Trump” and “punched (her) in the face.”
She also posted about the incident on Instagram.
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 feel like I am homeless again. 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.
Gore says the painting is now in London for safe-keeping. She admits that she didn't really paint Trump's body.
“I actually used the body of someone that I know,” she said. “I painted Donald Trump's head on to his body.”