Dallas police to charge Badu with disorderly conduct



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Posted on April 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 2 at 7:14 PM

DALLAS - Dallas police and the city attorney say Erykah Badu broke the law when she stripped naked at Dealey Plaza in front of visitors, including children.

Dallas police announced Friday they will be charging the Dallas singer with disorderly conduct in connection with her controversial video filmed in downtown Dallas. The citation is expected to be issued next week.

Dallas city council member Dwayne Caraway told WFAA Thursday something needed to be done about it.

“The law is the law, and whatever the law prescribes is the law we would follow," he said.

The 39-year-old singer stripped naked in the plaza and then fell to the ground on Elm Street, which is next to the spot President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

It was all part of a video for her newest song called "Window Seat." In the video, Badu parks her car, pays a meter and then walks toward the grassy knoll outside the Sixth Floor Museum, stripping off her clothes one piece at a time.

The video was made in one shot since Badu didn't get a permit to film from the City of Dallas.

Initially, Dallas police said they could not file a charge against Badu because no one complained. However, someone now has come forward and Badu faces a Class C misdemeanor, which is similar to getting a speeding ticket and punishable by a fine not to exceed $500. The ticket will be issued at large and mailed to her, which means she will have to pay the fine if she's found guilty.

"If there are some people who are offended, I think that some type of acknowledgment should take place," Caraway said.

Police looked at other possible charges like indecent exposure, but the law requires someone actually sees the genital area. Police said they could not make that charge. WFAA called and e-mailed Badu’s spokesperson, who did not return WFAA's messages.

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