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£20m Picasso painting vandalised at London's Tate Modern

A man has been charged with causing criminal damage after a £20m Pablo Picasso painting was vandalised at the Tate Modern art gallery.

The 1944 "Bust of a Woman" painting has been taken off display while employees assess how much damage has been caused.

The art gallery has not fully revealed how much damage was caused, though it has been reported the painting was ripped.

Shakeel Massey, 20, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on Monday and has been charged with criminal damage.

The artwork is on display at the Tate Modern in central London Credit: PA

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Detectives investigating an incident of criminal damage at the Tate Modern on Saturday have charged a man.

"Shakeel Massey, 20, from north-west London, has been charged with criminal damage.

"Massey appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Monday. He was remanded in custody until 30 January when he will attend a pre-trial hearing at Inner London Crown Court."