An artist who painted a graffiti protest on a Chick-fil-A restaurant has pleaded no contest and been sentenced to three years’ probation.
Manuel Castro Jr., a West Hollywood artist, entered the plea last last week to accusations that he painted a picture of a cow and the words: “Tastes Like Hate” protesting the Chick-fil-A president’s comments against same-sex marriage.
City News Service reported that Castro pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor vandalism charge and was sentenced to three years’ probation, 200 hours of community service and $800 in fines and fees. He was ordered to stay away from Chick-fil-A establishments for the term of his probation.
He also was barred from possessing any paint, paintbrushes, spray paint, aerosol cans or vandalism tools outside his home. A restitution hearing was set for Jan. 9.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say they won’t file charges against a 30-year-old artist who was arrested for scrawling “tastes like hate” on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant.
A district attorney’s statement says suspect Manuel Castro has acknowledged his wrongdoing, has offered to make restitution and does not appear to have been motivated by religious hatred in the vandalism found Aug. 3 outside the Chick-Fil-A in Torrance.
The Torrance city attorney can still charge Castro with misdemeanors.
The message, accompanied by a cow like those in the company’s ads, came as gay marriage supporters ramped up protests against the corporate owner’s opposition to same-sex unions.
The flap began last month when Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told a religious publication that the company backed “the biblical definition of a family.”