Shepard Fairey in Custody in Detroit

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Fairey turned himself in to Detroit police and faces felony charges of malicious destruction of property.

Shepard Fairey, the artist most famous for designing the iconic "Hope" posters for President Barack Obama's first presidential bid, turned himself in to authorities in Detroit, where he faces felony charges for destruction of property, reported the Detroit Free Press.

According to the report, Fairey, 45, is accused of causing $9,000 in damages to nine properties.

Fairey was detained in Los Angeles last week following the issue of the June warrant, but Detroit authorities chose not to extradite him, opting instead to negotiate with his lawyers for his return to the city for arrest.

In May, Fairey visited Detroit to create an authorized 18-story mural, his largest to date. But upon his arrival, Fairey announced to the Free Press that he would continue to make his mark with unauthorized works as well, saying: "I still do stuff on the street without permission. I'll be doing stuff on the street when I'm in Detroit."

In recent years, Fairey's launch of his Obey Clothing line and his success in other mainstream, commercial ventures has led to criticism claiming he's cashed in on his status as a counterculture darling. In the wake of earlier charges of plagiarism, Fairey also struggled to maintain his credibility as an artist.

The charges carry a maximum of five years in prison and potential fines of up to $10,000. Fairey so far has declined to comment on the allegations.

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