Jeffrey Epstein statue mysteriously pops up in front of Albuquerque city hall

1010 WINS Newsroom
July 02, 2020 - 1:19 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Visitors to Albuquerque's city hall on Wednesday were shocked to see what appeared to be a gold statue of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who had a ranch 35 miles west of the New Mexico city where he sexually assaulted girls.

The statue -- which was actually a mannequin painted gold -- was meant to be a satirical attack on those defending statues and monuments considered racist. It was promptly removed by city hall staff. It likeness to Epstein was also a bit questionable.

Rachel Knapp, a reporter with KRQE News 13, tweeted that a viewer "said the person who placed it there kept yelling, 'If we don't have a statue of Epstein, how will people learn?'"

KRQE spoke to a member of the group responsible for the statue, Antlion Entertainment Art Collective, who wished to remain anonymous.

"We think we need an Epstein statue in every school because otherwise how are students even going to learn they even existed?" the member said sarcastically. "You know those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it, and so if we don’t have statues of Epstein up, how can we prevent predatory behavior,” said an anonymous member of Antlion Entertainment Art Collective.

The statue also included a plaque which listed the 18 lawsuits Epstein faced prior to his death in a Manhattan jail last August. “He was also a rapist who died in prison,” the plaque said.