Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde was arrested in New York City on Thursday after slashing up leather goods at a Gap store in Manhattan as part of a protest organized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.A NYC police department spokesperson told MTV News that Hynde, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, and two other protesters were taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief in the fourth degree after they entered the store and began destroying some of the Gap’s leather clothes and accessories. Approximately 20 other demonstrators participated in the PETA protest, which targeted the Gap for allegedly selling leather goods taken from cows illegally slaughtered in India, where the cow is considered a holy animal. The Gap subsequently issued a statement noting that it buys all of its finished goods from apparel manufacturers, and that it expects those manufacturers to follow all laws related to the humane treatment of animals,
according to Reuters. A representative for the Manhattan district attorney’s office indicated to MTV News that Hynde was formally arraigned at 5:00 a.m. on Friday and then released on her own recognizance. Hynde faces up to one year in prison and/or a fine of $1,000. The singer is next scheduled to appear in a Manhattan courtroom on April 20 to answer charges in the case. The Pretenders are in the last few days of a North American tour in support of their newest album, “Viva El Amor,” released on Warner Bros. Records last June. The band is scheduled to play Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Friday night, and then travel to Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh for shows over the weekend.