Topless Beachgoer Freed After Hunger Strike

Woman who went topless on NJ beach then refused to pay the fine freed from jail

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013  |  Updated 3:22 PM EDT
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Topless Beachgoer Freed After Hunger Strike

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A New York City woman is free from jail after she refused to pay fines for going topless on a New Jersey beach.

Phoenix Feeley left the Monmouth County Jail on Wednesday, released on “time allotted,” according to Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Cynthia Scott.

She was sentenced on Aug. 8 for refusing to pay an $816 fine.

Scott tells the Asbury Park Press Feeley was in the infirmary because she had staged a hunger strike.

Feeley was fined for sunbathing topless in Spring Lake and for dropping her top after her release in 2008.  

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An appeals court dismissed her argument that the town's public nudity ordinance discriminated against women because men are permitted to appear topless. 

Feeley received a $29,000 settlement in 2007 after she was charged briefly with indecent exposure in New York City in 2005.

 


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