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Woman gets $80,000 from New York City after being illegally arrested for public nudity

By Mason White 10:38 AM November 1, 2013
Holly Van Voast exposing her breasts 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A woman, who was illegally arrested by the New York Police Department for public nudity, was awarded $40,000 in cash in a settlement agreement. In addition, New York City will be the woman’s $37,350 in legal fees.

Holly Van Voast, 47, complained that she was wrongfully arrested or detained more than ten times since 2011, while wearing a Marilyn Monroe blond wig and a painted mustache when visiting the five boroughs as Harvey Van Toast, the topless paparazzo.

Van Voast said she was detained at various locations around the city, including at a train station, at a primary school and at the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled in 1992 that women and men are legally allowed to go in public while exposing their breasts.

As part of the settlement agreement, all charges against Van Voast were dropped, and were removed from the record.