Little Old Lady Behind 'Beast Jesus' Fresco Says Church Owes Her Money for Turning It Into Tourist Attraction

Cecilia Giménez, the 85-year-old Spanish villager who took it upon herself to transform Elías García Martínez's Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) into Ecce Mono (Behold the Monkey), has apparently recovered from the anxiety she initially experienced and is now looking to get paid.

According to the Spanish daily El Correo, Giménez has hired lawyers to shake down the church where the fresco is located, claiming they've made thousands of Euros in collection box donations thanks to myriad tourists flocking to see her "hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic."

Ars Technica notes that the Santuario de Misericordia church in Borja is not taking kindly to Giménez's copyright claim, and has hired its own legal counsel in preparation for a court battle.

[images via AP]