Despite the fact that there's no doubt Máximo Caminero walked into Pérez Art Museum Miami and smashed a vase by artist Ai Weiwei (it's on video, after all
), Caminero has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
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Caminero, an artist who claimed he smashed the vase in part to protest a perceived lack of support of local artists, faces a charge of criminal mischief over $1,000, a felony. He has apologized for the smashing.
His attorneys, however, today entered a not-guilty plea in writing and hope to take the charges to trial. It's obviously more of a legal maneuver than a denial that, you know, Caminero didn't actually smash the vase.