Back in August photographer Zach Hyman brought one of his muses to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for some naked time. The 26-year-old model, Kathleen Neill, stripped down in the Arms and Armour exhibit, only to be arrested shortly after for public lewdness. Just a few days later she said: "I want people to have the freedom to express themselves. I want the city to drop the charges. I would love to be able to go to museums and see stuff like this happen on any scale."
Now at least some of Neill's wishes are coming true — the NY Post reports that the Manhattan DA's Office dropped its case yesterday. According to her lawyer, Tom Hillgardner, their decision was likely based on fear that they had no case, and "moving forward would expose a legal loophole that essentially allows most public nudity." In fact, when it all boils down to it, pretty much everything except topless sunbathing and topless waitressing whilst handing out promo materials is legal. Or as Hillgardner puts it: "you can go stark, raving, completely nude in Times Square, or Rockefeller Center or the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Game on?