A crazed woman attempted to damage a world famous painting by Paul Gauguin in Washington, D.C., claiming that the work was “evil” and “homosexual”.

The attack on Two Tahitian Women, which is valued at around $77.19 million, left visitors to the city ‘s National Gallery startled.

According to reports, the woman screamed “this is evil” as she banged her fists against the plastic shield protecting the painting and tried to pull the frame off the wall.

She was restrained before she could damage the artwork and has been charged with destruction of property and attempted theft.

According to the Associated Press, she later told investigators: “I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it’s very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned.”

She also reportedly said: “I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”

The work, which was painted in 1899, was on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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