NYPD Arrested and Committed Woman to Psychiatric Ward for Legally Baring Breasts
MANHATTAN (CN) - “Topless paparazzo” Holly Van Voast claims in court that New York City police repeatedly arrested and institutionalized her for legally baring her breasts while wearing a Marilyn Monroe wig and Don Juan mustache.
Van Voast aka Harvey Van Toast sued New York City, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and dozens of police officers in Federal Court. The 46-year-old performance artist calls going topless part of her commitment to “personal, artistic and gender freedom,” inspired a “broad artistic community of punk drag” performers such as Little Kimchi, Misty Meaner and Mary Jo Cameltoe, according to the complaint.
Van Voast says the law has been on her side since 1992, when the New York State Court of Appeals dismissed an indecent exposure violation against Rochester woman Ramona Santorelli.