6 March 2006
Tainter of light
Former gallery owners, ex-employees and others say his personal behavior ... belies the wholesome image on which he's built his empire.
In sworn testimony and interviews, they recount incidents in which an allegedly drunken Kinkade heckled illusionists Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas, cursed a former employee's wife who came to his aid when he fell off a barstool, and palmed a startled woman's breasts at a signing party in South Bend, Ind.
And then there is Kinkade's proclivity for "ritual territory marking," as he called it, which allegedly manifested itself in the late 1990s outside the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
"This one's for you, Walt," the artist quipped late one night as he urinated on a Winnie the Pooh figure, said Terry Sheppard, a former vice president for Kinkade's company, in an interview.
In Kinkade's defense, who hasn't wanted to whiz on Winnie the Pooh?
Still, this is a far cry from his carefully-crafted Christian Family Man persona.
(Via Tinkerty Tonk.)Posted at 1:40 PM to Wastes of Oxygen
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