Erykah Badu nude at Dealey Plaza for controversial video



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Posted on March 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 29 at 11:47 PM

DALLAS — A beautiful singing star stripped as she strolled through the most infamous spot in Dallas two weeks ago.

Bystanders — including children — couldn't believe Dallas native Erykah Badu was tossing her clothing on the sidewalk as the camera kept rolling.

Dallas police say Badu is lucky the stunt didn't land her in jail.

The video consists of a continuous shot showing Badu first removing her jacket; then her shirt; her pants; her bra; and her underpants.

Then, the singer pretends to be struck by gunfire, falling near the spot where President John F. Kennedy was killed in 1963.

Police said Badu may have violated all kinds of laws — least of all, filming without a permit.

More importantly, the singer could have been cited for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct — all of it with children watching.

"It is very serious," said Dallas police spokeswoman Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther. "It's a very bold thing for a person to do."

In the video posted on her Web site, Badu is promoting a new record. She appears to be making a statement about the assassination of the individual spirit in our society.

On her Twitter page, Badu acknowledged her concern about what she was doing.

"There were children there. I prayed they wouldn't be traumatized," she wrote.

However, Badu will likely avoid any criminal charges, despite what appears to be obvious evidence.

"People can do lots of things with video," Crowther said. "That would be up to the DA's office to determine if the video is enough to prosecute her."

In a place where every last moment has been over-analyzed, it seems there are few witnesses to what may someday be known as the second most-famous event to happen in Dealey Plaza.