Spike Lee's parents’ Fort Greene brownstone vandalized after gentrification rant

The suspect spray-painted "Do the right thing" on their home and smashed a window on their front door. Lee directed a movie with the same name back in 1989. (2/28/14)

FORT GREENE - Director Spike Lee's parents' Fort Greene brownstone has been vandalized, along with their neighbor’s home, less than a week after Lee took a stance against gentrification.

A neighbor told News 12 that the vandalism happened overnight on Thursday at their home on Washington Park.

The suspect spray-painted "Do the right thing" on their home and smashed a window on their front door. Lee directed a movie with the same name back in 1989.

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Lee's brother, Arnold Lee, says he believes they were targeted because of his brother's statement on gentrification. "Spike needs to stop with whatever situation he talked about over here, because he doesn't live here and he is not involved in it. It's freedom of speech. Say what you want about whatever topic, but don't make it personal," Arnold said.

Police are still in the process of investigating the crimes.

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