Artist Immendorff 'knew of cocaine use'

22nd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

22 July 2004, DUSSELDORF - German expressionist artist Joerg Immendorff was well aware that prostitutes at a party at a hotel room were using cocaine, a court in Dusseldorf heard Thursday.

22 July 2004

DUSSELDORF - German expressionist artist Joerg Immendorff was well aware that prostitutes at a party at a hotel room were using cocaine, a court in Dusseldorf heard Thursday.

The high-profile artist, who has denied any direct knowledge of illicit drug use at the party, in fact gave tacit approval to illegal activities, a police investigator testified.

The investigator, citing interrogation of others at the party, said the respected professor at Dusseldorf Arts Academy had observed people taking cocaine and engaging in other illicit activities.

At the outset of his trial on Tuesday, the 59-year-old artist who is a favourite of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, admitted to having taken cocaine in a hotel room where he was found with nine prostitutes last year.

Immendorff, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, made headlines when he allegedly was arrested naked in bed with two prostitutes with seven other women close by and with lines of cocaine within his reach.

Immendorff soared to fame after Schroeder commissioned him to paint his official portrait. Schroeder has not publicly commented on Immendorff's case or named another artist to paint his portrait.

DPA

Subject: German news

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