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Topless Paparazzo

Sues NYPD

You Can't Arrest Me for Bare Boobs!

5/15/2013 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A paparazzo whose schtick is to work topless is suing the NYPD -- claiming cops had NO RIGHT to arrest her for going boobs-out in public ... because half-naked is LEGAL in NYC.

TMZ has obtained a lawsuit filed by 46-year-old Holly Van Voast -- who regularly prowls the streets of NYC -- sans top -- in search of celebs to photograph and interview.

In the suit, H.V.V. claims ... since 2011, she's been arrested or detained AT LEAST 10 TIMES for being topless in public.

In fact, Holly claims she's even been dragged off to psych wards and lectured by cops in an effort to deter her from flashing her cans where she damn well pleases.

Problem is, Holly claims her topless hobby is legally protected in NYC, and cites a 1992 ruling by the New York appeals court which states it is NOT illegal for women to expose their breasts in a public park.

In her suit, Holly also points to a memo issued by the NYPD in February which states NO ENFORCEMENT ACTION is to be taken against any person -- male or female -- for waist-up exposure.

But there's more ... in the suit, Holly explains the topless gimmick is partially to gain exposure for her friends in the "punk drag" community ... and she even names some of her favorite "punk" drag queens -- Charmin Ultra, Misty Meaner, Mary Jo Cameltoe, Heidi Glum and Cherry Poppins.

Holly is suing for false imprisonment, among other things ... and wants unspecified damages.

We called the cops for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Fred Farkel    

On 3 separate occasions I have seen 3 topless women in Manhattan. I was told that it was now allowed in NYC...

440 days ago
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Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Is that Matt LeBlanc in a wig?

440 days ago
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shannon    

I thought that was a man with a wig

440 days ago
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Nyla    

That's a chick???

440 days ago
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DudeLebowski    

Charmin Ultra, Misty Meaner, Mary Jo Cameltoe, Heidi Glum and Cherry Poppins.

These people may be weird but at least they have some creative names....

440 days ago
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Barbara    

Maybe people would not object if she had some decent boobage going.

440 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

This world's coming to an end.

440 days ago
8.

Deanna    

A dude. That's why it's legal.

440 days ago
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Areader    

Speaking of topless Harvey....When are we going to see a..... "The girls of TMZ Playboy pictorial?

440 days ago
10.

Timmy Boy    

This is a dude.

440 days ago
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Dave H    

Has Kate Upton heard about this legality and will she be in NYC soon?

440 days ago
12.

static    

He needs to be tasered.

440 days ago
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Cricket    

She is hideous. What an ugly woman. Ewww.

440 days ago
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Majestik    

She wants to fcuk up the NYPD be smart about it, go out and buy a clear see thru top, if you are wearing a top you aren't actually NAKED in public, LMFAO.

440 days ago
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odiausa    

"I'm gonna create a woman who likes to walk around in public with her jugs out" says God.

"Oh wow! Than...." I begin. "Not so fast there, junior." interrupts God. "I'm gonna give her the face of the Mexican guy from The Boondock Saints 2."

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