Philly Jesus has another cross to bear: a guilty verdict on a trespass charge.
The man known locally as Philly Jesus was found guilty of defiant trespass, but not guilty of disorderly conduct stemming from his May 2 arrest at the Walnut Street Apple store. He plead not guilty to both, and plans to appeal the verdict.
"I forgive them for trespassing against me," said Michael Grant, the man behind the beard who spreads the good word around Philly, after the trial.
Grant, who carries a giant cross and often poses for pictures with tourists and fans, was arrested after the Apple Store manager asked him to leave and he refused, Philadelphia police confirmed at the time. Grant said in an official statement later that week that the employee "took offense" to his clothing and appearance as Philly Jesus, and was asked to leave on those grounds alone.
During the trial, the store manager testified that Grant left the store in handcuffs, screaming about religious freedom. But despite the "hundreds" of security cameras in the store, not one captured the incident, Philadelphia Daily News reporter Stephanie Farr tweeted during the trial.