More on a story R20 reported earlier this week. The Dallas Police Department will charge Grammy Award-winning R&B star Erykah Badu with disorderly conduct after stripping down nude in public for her controversial new music video "Window Seat", reports the Dallas Morning News.
Initially, police said they had no complaints about the artist's taping of a video in which she disrobed in public, and had no plans to pursue any charges. But after the video went viral Monday, the subsequent brouhaha made national headlines and became the subject of talk radio and the blogo-sphere.Dallas Police Deputy Chief Mike Genovesi, who oversees the special investigations division, said Friday that he expects that citation – about as serious as a traffic ticket – will be issued next week.In a news release, police state that Badu had disrobed in a public place without regard to other individuals and children who were in close proximity.Genovesi said police had one witness come forward Thursday, and she told authorities that she "observed Ms. Badu remove her clothing on the public street. The witness had two small children with her and was offended."
In the music video, the Dallas-born entertainer Badu strips down as she strolls through Dealey Plaza toward the location where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. A rifle sound is edited into the video, rings out and the naked Badu collapses to the pavement as bystanders watch.
The singer said she was challenging "groupthink" and told the Morning News that she chose the famous "grassy knoll" because "it was the most monumental place in Dallas I could think of."
Disorderly conduct is a Class C misdemeanor in Dallas. The DPD says the ticket will be mailed to Badu, who can choose to pay the fine or go to court. The fine: $500. The publicity is priceless.
"Window Seat" has since been removed or edited at some YouTube channels. If you missed it the first time around, watch the official un-edited version and Erykah Badu performing the song on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" AFTER THE JUMP ...