Anti-Semitic Elmo performer says Girl Scout extortion was 'protest'

Oct. 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A New York street performer once arrested for using anti-Semitic slurs while dressed as Elmo said his efforts to extort the Girl Scouts were a "protest."

Dan Sandler, 49, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in jail, and he told city Supreme Court Judge Robert Stoltz he accepted that he had broken the law, but was not sorry because he had good reasons, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

"This was not a case of someone in the back room or front office trying to embezzle. This was more of a protest, like lying in an intersection," Sander said.

"I am not in any way sorry to the Girl Scouts organization because I believe they are a very corrupt organization because of their relationship to the pharmaceutical industry," Sandler said.

Lori Cohen, Sandler's attorney, declined to elaborate on her client's comments.

Sandler, who pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny, grand larceny and stalking, had performed temp work with the Girl Scouts of America in 2008 and later executed an email campaign in 2012 threatening to spread false allegations against the organization. The false allegations included accusing the Girl Scouts of arranging sexual encounters between men and young girls at their camps.

Sandler pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in September 2012 after shouting anti-Semitic comments while dressed as "Sesame Street" character Elmo in New York's Times Square. He was sentenced to community service in that case.

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