Three nudity activists have become the first to be found guilty of violating San Francisco’s nudity ban that went into effect in February.
Russell Allen, Oxane “Gypsy” Taub and George Davis were arrested and cited for violating the new law by disrobing at a rally outside City Hall on Feb. 1, the day the ordinance went into effect.
Defense attorney Christina DiEdoardo sought to have the case against the three dismissed, arguing that police only had a right to detain them, not arrest them. She said people should not be arrested for a simple citation unless they refuse to sign the citation, cannot establish their identities or refuse to provide a thumbprint.
However, a traffic court judge found the trio guilty Tuesday afternoon and ordered them each to pay a $100 fine and $92 in court fees, DiEdoardo said.
The attorney said she plans to appeal the judge’s decision within the next 30 days.
The nudity activists have filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to get the ordinance overturned, with the next hearing tentatively scheduled for next month, DiEdoardo said.
The nudity ban was authored by Supervisor Scott Wiener after complaints from residents and businesses in the Castro district about nudists who frequented Jane Warner Plaza.
The law was approved by the Board of Supervisors in a 6-5 vote in December. It includes certain exceptions, including for children under the age of 5 and for permitted events such as the Folsom Street Fair and Craigslist Bay to Breakers.