Dallas police officials have charged Erykah Badu with disorderly conduct after a female bystander officially complained about the singer's public nudity in a controversial new video.
The R&B star performed a full striptease in front of stunned strangers as she walked along Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The footage appears in her new Window Seat video.
The promo has prompted debate online with fans applauding her bravery, but one woman who watched Badu bare all was far from impressed, and now her official complaint has landed the singer in big trouble.
A statement from the police on Friday (02Apr10) reads, "The City Attorney’s Office and the Dallas Police Department have decided to charge the entertainer known as Erika (sic) Badu with Disorderly Conduct. After much discussion, it has been determined that this charge best fits her conduct when she disrobed in a public place without disregard to other individuals and children who were in close proximity.
"Disorderly Conduct is a class C misdemeanor, which means Ms. Badu will be subject to a fine up to $500.00.
"The At-Large-Citation will be mailed to Ms. Badu in the near future. It will be up to her as to how she wants to proceed further with this case. She can contest it in a court of law or simply pay the fine.
"The delay in issuing the citation was due to the lack of witnesses, who were at the scene, who were willing to come forward and file a formal complaint with the police department. One witness did come forward yesterday."