Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic image of President Obama in 2008, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Manhattan to a count of criminal contempt.
He admitted to destroying documents, manufacturing evidence and other misconduct related to a lawsuit against the Associated Press, which owns the image in question.
Court records say the image generated 3 million dollars for Fairey. He faces a maximum of six months in prison.
See court filings from the case here: Fairey Shepard Information
Read Shepard’s guilty plea here: Fairey Shepard Plea
CLICK HERE to see the government’s exhibit comparing the Fairey image to an AP image of President Obama seated next to George Clooney.