Admitting to covering up the source of his presidential HOPE portrait, Shepard Fairey said his lying and evidence destruction was merely an attempt to conceal his â€œmistakeâ€ of actually believing he had used a different image. The Associated Press has fired back, calling the graphic design-stealing artistâ€™s story completely implausible and saying his alleged mistake was only an effort â€œto spin those bad acts in the best light possible to the Court and the public.â€ In a press release accompanying amendments to their countersuit, the AP also questions the integrity of Faireyâ€™s dreams about George Clooney.
â€œIt is simply not credible that Fairey somehow forgot in January 2009 which source image he used to create the Infringing Works, which were completed only a year earlier in January 2008,â€ todayâ€™s filing says.
â€œIt also strains credulity that an experienced graphic designer such as Shepard Fairey misremembered cropping George Clooney out of a source image and making other changes â€¦ when no such cropping or other changes were ever made.â€
â€œHopeâ€ portrait on left by Shepard Fairy, Photograph on right by Mannie Garcia