Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Model appears nude in Times Square as part of a public body-painting exhibition. Cops arrest model on vaguely-defined charges, then let her go almost immediately upon realizing they had no right to detain her. Model tells ANIMAL the appearance was “completely worth it,” then sues the city for her wrongful arrest. City hands over $15,000.
Such is the story of Zoe West, who will take home that considerable bounty as part of an out-of-court settlement. If you’re wondering why West’s arrest was wrongful, you should know that public nudity is legal in NYC, as long as it’s a part of “a performance, exhibition, or show,” which West’s appearance with painter Andy Golub most certainly was.
West was represented in court by famed civil rights attorney Ron Kuby, who you might know as The Dude’s lawyer-of-choice in The Big Lebowski (seriously). Kuby had some choice quips about the settlement. “Given the idiocy, you wonder where the boobs really are,” he told the New York Post. “In order to determine that she was fully nude, you had to get much closer to her than most people get on a first date.”