Erykah Badu's Naked 'Window Seat' Video May Land Her in Prison

Wed, 31 March 2010 01:40:04 ET

Erykah Badu's Naked 'Window Seat' Video May Land Her in Prison
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Erykah Badu could be facing a-year-in-jail charge for shooting the music video, which features her stripping off on the scene of John F. Kennedy's assassination, without having any permission.
's controversial music video for single "Window Seat" could land her sometime behind bars. The 39-year-old Hip-Hop singer generated a potential trouble with the law after stripping naked on a downtown Dallas street for the video shoot without asking permission from the city of Dallas.

"They definitely did not get a permit," Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Janice Crowther said about the filming. "To shoot that video they would have had to get a special events permit from the events office and it would have had to specify what type of filming they were doing, what subjects they would use and any traffic control they would need."

Though so, Crowther further revealed that there is "no charges have been filed thus far." She stated, "We need a witness to testify to prosecute a case, but people were probably so shocked, and it happened so fast, that we don't have any record of anyone calling 911. We have not had any witnesses come forth to press charges."

Erykah could face a class B misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, which may cost her $2,000 and a jail term of up to 180 days, Crowther explained. The singer might be also charged with a class A enhanced indecent exposure, which carries a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail, considering that there were children during the shoot.

Erykah Badu shot the video on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, on a Dallas street which is filled with many residents, kids and tourists. "What was crazy was the fact that ... it's a high tourist area, so there was patrol cars all day, and I [was hearing] sirens, looking up and seeing some kind of sherriff's car or something," directors Coodie and Chike of Creative Control recalled the shooting to MTV on March 30.

Meanwhile, the "On & On" singer herself shared about the shooting on her Twitter page. "We had one shot to get it right," she wrote. "We didn't plan the shoot. Too busy lookin for cops and being petrified! I remember Tweeting that day, 'Okay, here goes nothing.' I felt like I was going to do something life threatening."

"It was St. Patrick's Day in Dallas. I was at the grassy knoll. Although I was thinking one million things as I walked, I didn't see anything," she continued tweeting. "I heard people yelling different things at me but I held my head up and kept moving. There were children there. I prayed they wouldn't be traumatized."

Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" Music Video

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