“Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Johnson’s home was raided by police after a neighbor spotted an assault rifle aimed out the window of her home. Sam and her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson were not at home when the house was raided, but it certainly caused commotion in the up-scale neighborhood.
According to the New York Daily News on Aug. 28, the police were beckoned to the home after a passerby saw the assault rifle as clear as day in the window of their home. A rep for the couple confirmed the incident saying that the assault rifle was not one that worked, but given to Sam Taylor-Johnson to use in an art project.
The Guardian reports that the gun seen clearly through the home’s basement window is certified and fully decommissioned M16 assault rifle that was given to the director by the charity Peace One Day that does work internationally. The art project is titled “Peace One Day M16” said the director’s spokesperson.
If nothing else this raid has provided some worldwide publicity for the project that is curated by Jake Chapman. The project consists of popular names in contemporary art each taking one of these decommissioned M16 assault rifles and turning into something new.
The artists are expected to fully transform these once deadly weapons. The police gained entry into the "Nowhere Boy" director and “Kick-Ass” actor’s home from a key holder, but it was not divulged who that person was.