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Gallery owner to return to court in spoon sculpture case

September 16, 2018

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut art gallery owner could soon learn whether he will receive a probation program for helping place a steel sculpture of a drug spoon outside drug maker Purdue Pharma’s headquarters in protest of the opioid epidemic.

Fernando Alvarez is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Monday. He has applied for accelerated rehabilitation, which would result in a misdemeanor charge of obstructing free passage being erased from his record if he successfully completes a probation period.

Alvarez owns a gallery in Stamford. He and artist Domenic Esposito dropped the 11-foot-long, 4-foot-high sculpture in front Purdue Pharma’s Stamford offices in June.

Purdue Pharma denies allegations in lawsuits by state and local governments that its marketing of the opioid painkiller OxyContin helped fuel the opioid crisis.

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