Ormond Beach woman exposed breasts in topless protest


Published: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 5:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 5:42 p.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An Ormond Beach woman who exposed her breasts to protest laws that bar women from publicly going topless has filed a lawsuit claiming she was falsely arrested twice.

Elizabeth Book was first arrested for baring her chest during Bike Week in March 2004, then again in July 2005. Charges were dismissed both times because she says the city ordinance allowed such protests.

The city has since changed it's nudity ordinance and now Book is asking the court to strike down those amendments, which includes language from federal court rulings, which Book says is an attempt by the city to "end run" her previous court victories.

Her suit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed a week before a planned protest.

Book's attorney Lawrence Walters called the city's changes a violation of separation of powers.

A message left by The Associated Press with deputy city attorney Marie Hartman was not immediately returned Saturday.

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