Drunk US woman ruins $423k of art on horror first date

  • 30/12/2017

A Texas woman is facing a legal battle after causing damage worth at least US$300,000 (NZ$423,000) to a private art collection while intoxicated on a first date.

Dallas local Lindy Lou Layman, 29, was arrested on criminal mischief charges after hiding in prominent Houston lawyer Anthony Buzbee's home when he tried to get her to leave.

Mr Buzbee claims Ms Layman got too drunk during their date and called her an Uber as soon as they returned to his house, but she simply rebuffed his attempts to kick her out.

She turned down the first offer of a taxi home and ran away, hiding in his $20 million house. When Mr Buzbee found her and called a second Uber, she became hostile, he says.

Police say Ms Layman, a freelance court reporter, tore down several paintings and poured red wine on others. She also tossed two US$20,000 (NZ$28,200) sculptures to the ground, the Associated Press reports.

Among the paintings she damaged were two Andy Warhol originals, each valued at US$500,000 (NZ$700,000) - meaning the damages could prove to be much higher than the US$300,000 stated in the court documents.

Ms Layman was released on US$30,000 (NZ$42,300) bond on Christmas Day and now awaits legal proceedings.