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Axl Rose Files Cease-and-Desist Letter Aimed at Photography Exhibit

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In what may prove to be a jarring legal setback for artists who live next door to famous people and want to try and use that proximity as the basis for an unauthorized exhibit, Axl Rose has issued a cease-and-desist notice to the exhibitor behind the L.A. art show titled ‘Axl Rose Was My Neighbor.’

Compiled by Laura London, who describes herself as “similar to a social anthropologist” in the way she managed to snap photos of property belonging to Axl Rose, who was her neighbor, ‘Axl Rose Was My Neighbor’ purports to offer viewers a glimpse into the Guns N’ Roses frontman’s suburban existence during the early ’90s through a combination of London’s photographs and the work of actors who will create a, ahem, “docudrama based on an interpretation and depiction of actual events.”

Surprisingly, Rose does not seem at all interested in having strangers view photos of his former home, and/or a recreation of his past that London describes as “a combination of personal experience, memory, observation and imagination.” He seems particularly perturbed by one photo in particular, which depicts a garage door spray-painted with hostile graffiti aimed at Rose’s ex-wife, Erin Everly; while London claims Rose is responsible for the vandalism, he’s calling her contention “outrageous, false, fabricated and highly defamatory.”

“Mr. Rose never spray-painted anything,” reads the letter, drafted by Rose’s busy attorney. “Your salacious and inflammatory statements are plainly designed to garner attention and line your pockets with money.” The letter is directed toward Mat Gleason, the founder of the exhibition space Coagula Curatorial, while Laura London is CC’ed, as well.

TMZ has posted the letter, which requests that the exhibitor post an apology and that all presentations of  ‘Once Upon a Time … Axl Rose Was My Neighbor’ be canceled.

Next: Learn More About the Axl Rose Photo Exhibit

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