'Fifty Shades of Grey' Director's Home Raided by Police After Machine Gun Spotted

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Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, Aaron, were not in at the time

The London home of Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, Kick-Ass and Godzilla star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, was raided by armed police Thursday after a machine gun was spotted through a window by a passer-by.

According to a local newspaper, residents in the upmarket Primrose Hill area were woken by police surrounding the property late Thursday evening. The couple were not present at the time.

The gun was eventually confirmed by the police to be a decommissioned M16 assault rifle.

"Police were called at 23:40 hours on Thursday by a member of the public, reporting that they had seen from the street, what they thought was a firearm, sitting on a desk by the window of a property," said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police. "Local officers and officers from the Met’s Firearms Unit attended and were let into the property to examine the firearm. It was confirmed that the firearm was a deactivated M16 rifle."

A spokeswoman for the couple later claimed that the gun was part of an art project.

"The firearm was located in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s basement studio and has been confirmed as a certified and fully decommissioned M16 assault rifle that was provided to Mrs. Taylor-Johnson by the international charity Peace One Day as part of an art project entitled ‘Peace One Day M16.' " the spokeswoman told the BBC.

"The project, curated by Jake Chapman, consists of new works by some of the most celebrated names in contemporary art, all of whom are transforming fully decommissioned M16 assault rifles."

Sam Taylor-Johnson's rep has not yet responded to THR's request for comment.