Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Woman Gets 29K After Being Arrested For Public Tittie Display

NEW YORK - A New York artist arrested by police when she went on a topless stroll two years ago has accepted a $29,000 settlement from the city, her lawyer says.

Jill Coccaro, 27, was charged briefly with indecent exposure despite a 1992 state appeals court ruling that concluded women had the right to be topless if men were allowed to take off their shirts.

Coccaro, who now goes by the name Phoenix Feeley, bared her breasts on Aug. 4, 2005.

Feeley remained in custody for 12 hours before she was told prosecutors were not going to pursue charges.

Her attorney, Jeffrey Rothman, told the Daily News for its Sunday editions that his client won the civil rights settlement from the city, which did not admit or deny wrongdoing.

"We hope the police learn a lesson and respect the rights of women to go topless," Rothman said.

Feeley told the New York Post for its Sunday editions that she was not treated well after her arrest. She claimed in an October lawsuit that a police officer yanked her out of a patrol car by her hair and police took her to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

She told the newspaper she had gone bare-breasted after running the 2004 New York marathon without police bothering her.

"I've always just felt that was something natural," Feeley said of going topless. "I've kind of always done it out of practicality."

The city settled on June 4.

"I felt like I deserved it," Feeley said.


Well maybe if i walk the streets with my nuts hangin out i can make 50 grand......

1 comment:

SuePerJolly said...

Yeah...you go ahead and walk around with your nuts swangin....see if you make 50k or wind up owing it....

Its different. I was actualy just recently talking with a friend about how I wish tha tI could go completley topless sometimes. Men get to feel the wind on their chest and I dont...never can I do that...except for at a nude beach or something....still...if men can do it so can women! Maybe I can get the 50k!...plus I am sure my titties are more desireable to look at then your nuts! lol!