Show Hide Pavlensky is a year-old Russian conceptual artist who fled to France in after being detained and questioned in a sexual assault case brought by a young female actor. In he nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square, a year after sewing his mouth shut to protest censorship. Police have been searching for Pavelensky since December after being called to a knife fight and also want to question him over this incident. The videos were made in May and sent to a woman, reported by French media to be year-old lawyer De Taddeo, along with a series of text messages. The woman, named by French media as Alexandra de Taddeo , was taken into custody along with the artist, Petr Pavlensky , on Saturday afternoon as they left a Paris hotel. Pavlensky is a year-old Russian conceptual artist who fled to France in after being detained and questioned in a sexual assault case brought by a young female actor. A St Petersburg native and art school graduate, he gained fame in the wake of the trial of the punk protest group Pussy Riot, which he said convinced him of the need for a radical turn in art. But the release of a sexual video of a Paris mayoral candidate may have be his most explosive stunt to date and landed him in legal peril. Paris Europe Emmanuel Macron Russia news.