A Denver woman caught on camera urinating on a $30 million Clyfford Still painting last December in now saying she was under the influence of bath salts when she had her museum meltdown.
Carmen Tisch, 36, told KDVR-TV that she doesn't remember the day she stumbled into the Clyfford Still Museum and was caught on security cameras pummeling a 10-foot-tall, 13-foot-wide painting by the noted Abstract Expressionist before urinating on the work.
"I was a pill popper, heroin addict. I was in the methadone clinic for while," Carmen Tisch said. "And when I got off the methadone that’s when I started drinking a lot. That’s when I was doing the bath salt."
Now sober, the heavily tattooed Tisch said she was in shock when police told her what she had done after she came down from her high a few hours later in a jail cell.
"I'm kind of scared to watch it just to see myself like that," Tisch told the station.
"I was in shock," Tisch said. "I was ashamed and also a little relieved that I didn’t murder somebody."
The painting suffered an estimated $10,000 in damage, The Denver Post reports.
Police initially thought she was under the influence of alcohol.
Tisch is now on probation after a stint in jail and spending time in two psychiatric wards, the station reported. She also is tested weekly for drugs and alcohol.
Tisch's lost day wasn't her first run-in with the law. She was busted for armed robbery in 2010 and for drunken driving in 2008.
Tisch says there are only two things she needs to stay sober.
"I got God, and I also have a daughter," Tisch said. "My daughter, she comes in my mind every time now."
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