Artist Shepard Fairey, whose main studio and office are located in Echo Park, conceded late today that he had “submitted false images and deleted other images” to cover up a mistake he made battling a copyright infringement lawsuit over Fairey’s well known Obama “Hope” poster.
The artist, in a statement posted on his website, admitted his mistake and offered an apology:
“In an attempt to conceal my mistake I submitted false images and deleted other images. I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions which were mine alone. I am taking every step to correct the information and I regret I did not come forward sooner.
I am very sorry to have hurt and disappointed colleagues, friends, and family who have supported me in this difficult case and trying time in my life.”
The New York Times reports that Fairey’s attorneys have said they will seek permission from the court to resign as the artist’s legal counsel in the legal fight against Associated Press. The AP has claimed that Fairey used one of its photos without permission to create the Obama “Hope” poster.