Girl with a pearl earring stunt jails climate change activist

Wouter Mouton and Peter G. in court. Drawings: Aloys Oosterwijk ANP

Two of three Belgian climate activists involved in attack on Vermeer house girl with a pearl earring Two months’ imprisonment was handed down last week at The Hague’s Mauritshuis, one of which was held in court with a suspended sentence.

Wouter Mouton, 45, who glued the frame to the glass of the painting, and Peter G., 42, who photographed it, should serve time soon. The magistrate said he feared they would be offended again if the appeal was pending.

A third man who did not agree to an expedited hearing will be tried at a later date. He glued his hand to the wall next to the painting and stated why the action had taken place.

Mouton, who has a long history as an activist, said in court that he was fully responsible for the actions and that the actual painting was damaged because he had made sure beforehand that the painting was completely covered with glass. He said he knew he wouldn’t.

G had no idea what was going to happen and claimed to have gone by himself purely as a “journalist”.

A judge said the stunt was shocking. Anyone can imagine the fragility of a painting like that, and the fact that it could have been lost if it was wrong,” she said.

The painting was intact, but the back panel, glass and part of the frame were slightly damaged, costing €2,000 to repair.

Prosecutors said they should be given four months in prison, two months suspended, and taken into custody immediately.

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