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Furor over topless, painted women in Times Square

8 years 1 month 18 hours ago Friday, August 21 2015 Aug 21, 2015 August 21, 2015 7:55 PM August 21, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK- Politicians are trying to grapple with the latest novelty in Times Square.

Women go topless and wear body paint to mingle with the tourists. They pose for pictures and take tips.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says they are engaging in illegal activity and Mayor Bill de Blasio formed a task force to look at how to regulate "aggressive solicitation" by the woman and other costumed characters there.

One suggestion is to do away with the pedestrian plaza where the women gather.

Legal experts say the politicians will have to prove its a commercial activity that can be regulated and not a street performance protected by the First Amendment.

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