Passionate kiss

By: ELOISE WALTON [email protected]

A SELF-professed art lover stood trial on Tuesday accused of damaging a two million dollar painting in Marseille, France, by kissing it while wearing red lipstick.

The deputy prosecutor in the southern French city of Avignon accused Sam Rindy, an artist of Cambodian origin, of savagery for having left a lipstick smear on a museum painting and demanded she be fined 4,500 euros. The picture’s owner asked for two million dollars in damages and 33,400 euros for restoration work.

In her defence, Sam Rindy’s lawyers described the kiss as an act of love and said: “This woman is profoundly upset. She was overcome by an emotion that she could not tame.”