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Photographer Sued For Taking Topless Pics at the Empire State Building (NSFW)

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Photographer Sued For Taking Topless Pics at the Empire State Building (NSFW)

Whipping out breasts at one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions is frowned upon, apparently.

By Christina Chaey

Last year, NYC photographer Allen Henson began shooting a series of topless models carousing around New York City doing girl-about-town things like topless rowing in Central Park, topless dining in Alphabet City, topless photo shoots with NYPD officers, and topless observing from the Empire State Building’s iconic 86th floor Observatory.

The owners of the Empire State Building aren’t too happy about that last one, though, and Henson is now being sued by the Empire State Realty Trust for $1.1 million for shooting the photographs without permission and allegedly damaging the building’s reputation.

According to a lawsuit filed Monday, Henson “intentionally violated” the Observatory’s rules by taking his photos without express permission, and in full view of other visitors, including families and children. The lawsuit also purports Henson later used the photos for commercial purposes, which he disputes.

Henson, who says he first began taking cell phone photos of topless models around the city as a social experiment, doesn’t seem to be too concerned.

“We’re gonna round up an army of half-naked women and march into the courtroom and cause a huge scene,” he told Gothamist.

Header image via Veer; Image credit: Allen Henson