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Erykah Badu gets fine, probation for naked stroll

By Alan Duke, CNN
Singer Erykah Badu stripped down on the streets of Dallas, Texas, for her "Window Seat" music video.
Singer Erykah Badu stripped down on the streets of Dallas, Texas, for her "Window Seat" music video.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Badu's plea deal includes 6 months probation and a $500 fine
  • The singer stripped in Dealey Plaza for a music video
  • She fell naked near where JFK was shot
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(CNN) -- Erykah Badu must pay a $500 fine and serve six months on probation for her naked stroll through downtown Dallas, Texas, while making a music video last March, a city official confirmed Tuesday.

Badu reached a plea deal to settle a misdemeanor disorderly conduct citation issued after she released a music video, according to Dallas spokesman Jose Torres.

The singer shed her clothes as she walked through Dealey Plaza until she was nude and then fell near where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Badu said the video was "shot guerrilla style," without a crew and in one take March 17, 2010.

Badu then posted a message on her Twitter account acknowledging that "there were children there." She said she prayed they wouldn't be traumatized by seeing her naked.

It wasn't until several days after the video for the song "Window Seat" was released on March 28 that anyone who witnessed the taping filed a complaint with Dallas Police. Only then did police issue a citation against Badu.

Under the plea agreement, the offense will be erased from Badu's criminal record if she successfully completes the 180 days probation.

"If she violates any law at the city, state or federal level, a motion to adjudicate (seeking to revoke probation) will be filed," Torres said. "If the motion to adjudicate is granted, Ms. Badu will have a criminal conviction."

CNN's Jack Hannah contributed to this report

 
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