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ccording to local reports, an American tourist hurled two Roman busts to the ground after being denied an audience with the pope.
An American tourist hurled two ancient Roman busts to the floor in the Vatican Museums on Wednesday (Oct. 5) after being refused an audience with Pope Francis.
“The person who pulled down the statues has been arrested by the gendarmes and handed over to Italian authorities,” Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni told reporters afterward.
According to local reports, the unidentified tourist was visiting the Chiaramonti Gallery at the Vatican Museums, which holds one of the largest collections of Roman marble portraits in the world, when he asked to meet the pope.