Erykah Badu Fined $500 For Public Striptease


Singer Erykah Badu says her latest video concept was 'grossly misunderstood.'

Jesse James must love Erykah Badu right about now...and not just because she's a tattooed woman who likes to take her clothes off. But it's because of Erykah's recent stunt in the buff that she's currently hogging the media spotlight, giving Jesse a small respite. (We're sure it won't last long.)

In the video for her new single, "Window Seat," the R&B singer walks through the streets of downtown Dallas, shedding her clothes as she goes, and then falls to the ground when a shot rings out, "killing" her right next to the spot where John F. Kennedy was shot in 1963. While some spectators and others in the media and public have called Erykah's nude act a lewd act, the singer is calling it being "creatively free." She even likens herself to our 35th President, saying, "J.F.K. is one of my heroes, one of the nation's heroes... Kennedy was a revolutionary; he was not afraid to butt heads with America, and I was not afraid to show America my butt-naked truth." 

The Dallas Police Department, however, found nothing presidential about Erykah's sidewalk striptease and charged her with with disorderly conduct, which carries a fine of $500. Erykah can choose to either pay the fine or fight the charge in court.

It seems that the issue here isn't whether Erykah's video was art or obscene, but that its "guerrilla style, no crew, 1 take, no closed set, no warning" approach didn't give onlookers—including some who had small children with them—a chance to decide if they wanted to see Erykah's naked body. Erykah herself admitted that many spectators shouted their disapproval during filming and that she "ran like hell" as soon as it wrapped.

Here is the video for your consideration, with Erykah's naughty bits blurred out. What do you think of all the fuss?

Scoop via ABC News and Popeater. Photo via Bauer Griffin.