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Woman arrested for topless protest

Associated Press
Published July 4, 2005

DAYTONA BEACH - A stay-at-home mother was arrested when she exposed her breasts to protest laws that forbid women from publicly going topless.

Elizabeth Book, of Ormond Beach, pulled down her top Saturday at a city auditorium, where she stood near four Grecian muse sculptures that are nude from the waist up.

Book, who had spread word of the protest days in advance, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

The police report said Book's actions caused a traffic jam and that pedestrians blocked the city sidewalk as they watched her.

Book, who is in her early 40s, said she planned to fight the charge, which is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The city passed the rule barring women from being topless in public in 2002 to curb indecency at special events.

Last week, a judge threw out nudity charges lodged by Daytona Beach police against Book for going topless during Bike Week in March 2004.

Saturday's protest coincided with a busy weekend of Pepsi 400 races and Fourth of July celebrations.

[Last modified July 4, 2005, 04:44:19]

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