22-year-old Zoe West, arrested last summer in NYC’s Times Square during a body-painting project, has managed to settle her lawsuit filed against the city, according to her lawyer. The city wil be paying the model $15,000.
Ron Kuby, West’s lawyer, stated that the model never should have been arrested in the first place; public nudity is not illegal in the city as long as it is a part of a show, exhibition, or performance. The Law Department of New York City could not be reached for comment.
West and her lawyer filed the lawsuit in Manhattan after
West alleges she was arrested in violation of her rights; she argued that at the time of her arrest, she was being painted by artist Andy Golub.
The model, although inconvenienced by the episode, claims to have no regrets about the body-painting incident and her subsequent arrest. She has publicly stated that the entire situation has put her “on the map in a positive way.”
The public nudity law has many critics as well as supporters; however some people in the general public felt that West should have had her nude body painted in a private residence before the photo shoot or should have had it done indoors rather than outdoors in full public view.
Artist Andy Golub has also had many run-ins with law enforcement as he prefers to paint his nude models in public outdoor spaces. His latest arrest took place last year.