Texas Man Bashes Wall Street Bull With Banjo, Judge Orders Him to 'Stay Away' From All NYC Landmarks

A Texas man accused of bashing Manhattan's famous "Charging Bull" statue with a banjo Saturday has been ordered to "stay away" from all New York City landmarks.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Althea Drysdale told Tevon Varlack, 42, he cannot revisit the bull near Wall Street after he allegedly assaulted the 3.5-ton statue as baffled tourists watched. Prosecutors told the New York Post Sunday that the long-haul trucker from Texas admitted to police officers that he had attacked the bull with a banjo, leaving a deep gash on one of the stock market mascot's horns. Varlack was released without bail after the Bowling Green Park bull-bashing and the judge explicitly told him, "do not go back and visit the bull."

Witnesses described the bizarre incident to officers and, upon questioning, Varlack admitted to striking the statue. "I did it," he reportedly told officers. "The banjo, the trumpet and the speakers are mine."

Pictures obtained by WPIX-TV reporter Cristian Benavides show Varlack furiously slamming the banjo down on the bull's head before NYPD officers can be seen handcuffing the suspect.

Varlack was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon and spent the night in jail prior to his Sunday arraignment. An inmate told the Post he "was up early singing gospel songs and preaching about God back in the cells." Photographs of his arrest show the Texan smiling and wearing a "Let Us Not Forget The Ten Commandments" t-shirt he reportedly wore as he defaced the bull.

Varlack must return to New York for his October 16 court date.

The bull statue was created by Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica in 1989 and he has been involved in a series of past incidents defending the Financial District figure. In 2017, a "Fearless Girl" statue was placed nearby and lauded by feminists as representing a check on Wall Street's predominately male culture.

"The guy wanted publicity and he did it for publicity," Di Modica told the New York Post after the incident on Sunday. "He knew he was going to be arrested and he knew he was going to be in the paper. It wasn't something that he wanted to hit the bull."

Speaking from abroad, the artist said damage to the bull is estimated between $10,000 and $15,000. He proclaimed "the bull belongs to everybody in the world." Prosecutors in the Manhattan Criminal Court office said they intend on seeking financial restitution for the damage done to the iconic statue.

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For two years "Charging Bull" faced off against "Fearless Girl," but on Saturday the famous statue confronted a more vicious adversary – a Texas man armed with a banjo. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
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