Thursday, 4:30 PM
Artists perform at post-arraignment press conference
By Raja Mishra, Globe Staff
Moments after facing a judge on felony charges, the two defendants in the cartoon character ploy that panicked the region were all smiles and jokes, staging a mocking press conference this afternoon outside the Charlestown courthouse in which they deflected questions about their culpability with non sequiter quips about their hair.
"Hair today, gone tomorrow," said Sean Stevens, 28, when asked about the charges.
Stevens and Peter Berdovsky, 27, pleaded not guilty to charges of placing a hoax device and disorderly conduct. Authorities say the two men were responsible for placing 38 electronic signs depicting characters from the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" program on Cartoon Network as part of a guerilla marketing campaign for the show.
Surrounded by reporters, Berdovsky stroked his lengthy dreadlocks and delivered a discourse on haircut styles in the 1970s, Afros, and the Beatles' hair styles.
"We are only taking questions on hair," he said.
The men's lawyer, Michael L. Rich, stood awkwardly by their side.
"He's a performance artist," said Rich. "If you don't like what you are seeing here, why don't you leave them alone."
The two criminal defendents alternately smiled and made ironic grimaces. "I'm quite enjoying this," said Berdovsky.
After a few minutes, clearly frustrated reporters walked away and the two men left.