|Painting by 7th grader combining Felix the cat with Warhol's Marilyn Monroe. Borrowed from this art teacher-help site|
|Nahmad, pictured with Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr. Photo from The Daily Mail|
Prosecutors with the US attorney's office recommend a year to 18 months for playboy Nahmad, who is a first-time offender, but a really big one. Here's the deal that Nahmad's attorneys are proposing today:
1. No prison.
2. Nahmad will instead put 100K per year towards a program in a Bronx homeless shelter to bring kids to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. *
*Nahmad professes to be qualified for this project by saying in a letter to the judge: " I do not have a great education in other subjects, but I really do know a lot about art, and I think I could really teach young people in a good way and hopefully introduce them to a world they might otherwise never visit."
Okay, deals are cut all the time between wealthy offenders and the court. I really wonder what is right, though. This feels somehow wrong. Introducing kids to art is praise-worthy, but what exactly is this "world they might never visit?" Nahmad's art world is a dirty place, one in which artists aren't rewarded really at all. Nahmad's family has feathered its own nest in that world for decades, and I wouldn't want a child of mine learning from him no matter how desperately homeless I might be.
|Photo from Cascadia Courier|
Update: The judge didn't buy it and Nahmad goes to jail for a year and a day.