The arsonist who torched the Fox News Christmas tree Wednesday allegedly exposed himself to a group of reporters outside the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in Manhattan last week, a photographer told The Post.
Craig Tamanaha, 49, was captured on camera moments after pulling down his pants to show his privates to members of the media on the first day of the high-profile trial of Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, said Jeenah Moon, a freelance journalist.
“I saw him walking around the square where media parks. He had a little weird behavior,” said Moon, who works for multiple outlets including Reuters. “He exposed himself to a female photographer and other people.”
Moon snapped a shot of Tamanaha being escorted away from Manhattan Federal Courthouse by police on Nov. 29, apparently wearing the same navy blue sweatshirt he had on during his arrest Wednesday for arson.
“I was a little shocked,” Moon said.
Police told the Post Wednesday that Tamanaha was not arrested after being taken away from court.
On Wednesday, Tamanaha allegedly slipped into the 50-foot artificial tree outside the News Corp. building on Sixth Avenue and West 48th street, climbed it and used a piece of cardboard to start the blaze, police sources said.
He is now facing charges including arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.
Tamanaha’s father, Richard Tamanaha, told The Post, he likely lit the tree on fire because he’s looking for “attention” and wants “get onto the news.”