After cops hauled a naked painted model away from her exhibition in Times Square, she said they took her to a nearby police station where she wasn't given back her clothes for about 15 minutes - and then she was frisked.
"Yes, really," said Zoe West, 22, outside manhattan federal court as she filed suit against the city and the arresting officers.
The incident happened last August 30, when the petite brunette was posing at the corner of Broadway and West 44th Street and stepped out of her G-string for the final touches of artist Andy Golub’s full-body paint job.
West's lawyer, Ron Kuby, said they'd been assured by the city that West wouldn't be arrested because she was only baring all for an art project, but three cops moved in to bust her. "Visibly unnerved by Ms. West's removal of her panties, Sgt. [Anthony] Fusaro told Ms. he had to 'bring her in,'" the suit says.
They cuffed the naked West, and used a tarp in their van not to cover her up, but for her to sit on so she wouldn't get any paint on the seat, Kuby said. She was then taken to the sergeant's desk in the lobby of the Midtown South Precinct, where she stood clothed only in multi-color paints for about 15 minutes, the suit says.
"I heard a lot of comments, like, 'Oh wow,' 'What's this,' 'What the hell is this?''' West recounted.
She was finally handed her clothing and taken to a room to dress, and when she was done, "a female officer searched her, patting her down," the suit says.