Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating allegations that a well-known LA-based artist may have molested his two 20 month-year-old daughters.
Paul Rusconi was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts upon a minor and possession of child pornography on Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department.
He was booked at Lost Hills Sheriff’s station and released Saturday night after posting $220,000 bail. The children were placed with child protective services, according Sherriff's Spokesperson Lillian Peck.
Rusconi, whose pop culture art often depicts portraits of celebrities, skateboarders, politicians, and artists, recently exhibited works in Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles.
Friends say he has been falsely accused.
"He's a great personality and a likable guy" said Frank Langen, who owns an art gallery in Santa Monica, which in February, hosted some of Rusconi's work.
Art dealer Debbie Frank, who described herself as a close friend and colleague of Rusconi's, told NBC LA she doesn't believe the accusations.
"There's not a thought in my mind that anything can be any different than him being 100% falsely accused," Frank said. "All I know is that Paul is an amazing father, person. His kids are completely in love with him and this is 100% untrue, false, and nothing, nothing makes sense but I'm here for Paul and I'm here for the kids."
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau Detectives were unavailable to elaborate on what prompted the investigation.
NBC LA tried to contact Rusconi but he could not be reached for comment.