Australian Street Artist Anthony Lister Charged With Rape Of Four Women
World-renowned Australian artist Anthony Lister will remain behind bars for the next eight weeks after being charged with the rape of four women, including three art students, and the tattooing of one without consent.
The Sydney-based street artist was arrested at a home in Darlinghurst on Tuesday where the alleged sexual assaults took place on separate occasions between 2015 and 2018.
Lister was charged with a number of offences, including five counts of sexual intercourse without consent, using intoxicating substances to commit an indictable offence, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a firearm, drug and a prohibited weapon.
On Tuesday, police executed two search warrants at the Darlinghurst home and at an industrial space in Marrickville in Sydney's inner west.
During the raids, police seized four replica pistols, knuckle dusters and prohibited drugs along with electronic equipment including mobile phones, digital cameras and SD cards.
Detectives launched an investigation in January this year following multiple reports of sexual assault in the area over three years which they believed may have been linked.
Police allege Lister sexually assaulted the four women at the Darlinghurst home. It's also alleged he tattooed three lines on one of the women without her consent.
Lister appeared at Central Local Court on Wednesday where he was formally refused bail. He is scheduled to next appear in the same court on May 7.
Lister is a world-renowned street artist, who was included in Complex Art and Design’s 50 most influential street artists of all time list in 2013. He was also the subject of a 2017 Netflix documentary called 'Have You Seen The Listers?'.
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