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Zoe West, Naked Model, Arrested In Times Square

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First Posted: 08/31/11 04:31 PM ET Updated: 10/31/11 06:12 AM ET

The Naked Cowboy isn't the only showing some skin in Times Square these days.

From The New York Daily News:

Zoe West, 21, who was being painted by artist Andy Golub, was hauled by cops to a midtown precinct house once she bared her buff body to a shocked matinee crowd at the pedestrian plaza at 44th St. and Broadway.

"It was wild," said the Ulster County actress, who shed an olive onesie and black G-string to be painted in public for 2-1/2 hours. "I walked into the precinct, and there were about six cops standing behind the counter. Everyone went, 'Whoa! What's this?'"

Although it's technically legal for women to go topless in New York City, it seems the NYPD will likely arrest you when you remove your G-string.

According to The New York Post, West said she knew the stunt, at the corner of Broadway and W 44th, could land her in jail but she was willing to take the risk in the name of art.

"I don't believe there is truly anything wrong with what I did and with what he was doing," West told The Post last night after she was released. Sha also said cops held her for an hour before dropping all charges.

This isn't the first time Golub, or one of his models, has had a brush with the law. Last month, he and two of his naked muses were arrested on public-lewdness charges in Times Square.

Golub's been using naked women as his canvas at different locations across the city for years, setting up shop in areas with high tourist traffic like Columbus Circle, the Brooklyn Bridge and very often in Times Square.

A couple weeks ago, The Post interviewed pedestrians about Golub's project and found everyone to be supportive.


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Filed by Christopher Mathias  |