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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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46.

johnnysmith69    

on the VIEW shannon osborn wsaid she would cuz she paid enough for them

435 days ago
47.

elliesmom    

Dude looks like a lady!

435 days ago
48.

Fredsicles     

G

435 days ago
49.

Fredsicles     

First of all- that's no woman it's a man baby. Secondly, people have children walking the same streets and that's just gross

435 days ago
50.

sophie    

it would be papparazza TMZ!

435 days ago
51.

nof    

No, it's not ILLEGAL, per se...


But they DO have to be nice...

435 days ago
52.

Xianne    

If you can breast feed in public why can't you go topless in public it's the same dame thing

435 days ago
53.

taz    

Are you sure this is a woman??

435 days ago
54.

gidwa    

I'm guessing she goes topless to prove she's a woman; cause that definitely looks like a man in a bad wig.

435 days ago
55.

mr.howell     

What an ugly bitch!..looks more like a guy!..with implants!..maybe it's a tranny..whatever it is double yuck!..

435 days ago
56.

Columbo    

Ewwww. Wish I didn't see that

435 days ago
57.

sylvie    

Legal in Ottawa, Canada..but just because you could, doesn't mean you should! yuck!!!!

435 days ago
58.

Carla    

Looks like a dude with just some man boobies.

435 days ago
59.

DTD    

She's right that lawsuit was settled in NY a while ago. If its legal for men to go topless then it was legal for women. Nipples are nipples, some better than others

435 days ago
60.

dianne    

That thing is a woman, thought it was a transexual.

435 days ago
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