Actor arrested, accused of vandalizing George Floyd statue

NEW YORK CITY — Police arrested an actor who played small roles in “Parks and Recreation” and “CSI: NY” this week on suspicion of vandalizing a statue of George Floyd in New York City, according to multiple reports.

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Police on Monday announced the arrest of Micah Beals, 37, on a second-degree criminal mischief charge. He is accused of throwing gray paint onto a bronze bust of Floyd installed in Manhattan’s Union Square Park on Oct. 3. In a complaint obtained by CNN, officials said it cost about $2,000 to temporarily restore the statue and will cost $20,000 to fully restore it. The statue is part of Confront Art’s SEEINJUSTICE exhibit, which also includes bronze busts of Breonna Taylor and Congressman John Lewis.

Authorities previously released video footage of the incident, which showed a man on a skateboard throwing a cup of paint onto the statue before skating away.

Under the stage name Micah Femia, Beals acted in several short films in addition to his one-time appearances on “Parks and Recreation” and “CSI: NY,” according to People and The Hill.

He was arraigned after midnight Tuesday and released on his own recognizance, Caitlin Fowles, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, told CNN. He is next scheduled to appear in court Monday, according to the news network.