Erykah Badu Charged Over Nude "Window Seat" Video

Dallas spokesman Frank Librio says Erykah Badu's crew never applied for required permits. He says "guerrilla" film crews who "usually shoot these scenes in one take know that if they are discovered they would face arrest and/or penalties."
Erykah Badu in her controversial new video for Window Seat (
DALLAS (CBS/AP) Erykah Badu faces a disorderly conduct charge for her nude music video shoot in downtown Dallas' Dealey Plaza, officials announced Friday.

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The neosoul singer and native Dallas woman performed a walking striptease in front of tourists and pedestrians during the March 13 shoot for Badu's "Window Seat" music video.

Erykah Badu (AP Photo, file)

The performance ended with a nude Badu acting out receiving a fatal gunshot at the spot where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Sgt. Warren Mitchell said Friday the decision to cite Badu for disorderly conduct - a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 - came after witness Ida Espinosa, 32, of Vernon, offered a sworn statement to police Thursday. Espinosa declined to comment to The Associated Press on Friday.

PICTURES: Erykah Badu "Window Seat" Controversy

"Having a fact witness that was there is what let us file the charges," Mitchell said. "After much discussion, we feel that these charges best fit her conduct. She disrobed in a public place without regard to individuals and small children who were close by."

Mitchell said the department has had "people calling from all across the country to express their concern."

Mitchell said Badu can either fight the charge or pay the fine.

Carla Sims, a spokeswoman for Badu, had no immediate comment Friday to The Associated Press.


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