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'Lion King' puppet specialist charged in 3-D gun case

Last Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 12:21 pm EST

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A puppet specialist with the Broadway musical “The Lion King” is accused of printing a 3-D gun in the theatre’s prop room.

Ilya Vett was arrested last week on a misdemeanour charge.

A criminal complaint says a police officer observed a 3-D printer producing a “hard black plastic object” shaped like a revolver.

It says Vett told a detective that he was making a gun as a gift for his brother, who lives upstate and has a gun license.

In New York, it is illegal for an unlicensed person to print a 3-D revolver.

Vett’s attorney did not immediately respond to a comment request on Tuesday.

Disney Theatrical Productions issued a statement declining comment. It did not say whether Vett still works with the show.