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Justice For The Sensuous Italian Sunbather

by @ 11:56 am on January 2, 2011. Filed under In The News, Legal


Back in August, I wrote about this story out of Italy:

A TOPLESS sunbather is being investigated by police after being accused of sensuously rubbing sun cream on herself on a public beach.

Police were called to a beach at Anzio south of Rome by a furious mother who said the way the “attractive” sunbather was rubbing lotion on her body had “troubled her sons aged 14 and 12.”

The mother said she had asked the 26-year-old woman, identified only as Luisa under Italian privacy laws, to cover herself up. But the woman, still topless, refused and an argument broke out and police were called.

“A patrol was stopped by a mother of two sons who was angry at a topless sunbather and the way she was applying suntan cream,” a police spokesman said.


“The patrol went and took her details and she argued, still topless, that she could so no harm in what she was doing as it was a public beach.

“We have opened a file on committing an obscene act as we are committed to following the complaint. From what I heard she was very attractive,” the spokesman said.


“She is amazed that she is being condemned for simply sunbathing topless,” lawyer Gianluca Arrighi said.

“’Let’s be clear my client is tall, brunette and has an ample breast and is therefore going to naturally be sensuous when she applies cream to her chest.

Now, Eugene Volokh reports that justice has been served:

Reader Belkys Guerrero writes that “the claimant mother has been condemned for ‘calumnie’ … (a false accusation leading to the beginning of a criminal trial) and ordered to pay 25k to the young woman.” He points to an Italian video on the story, but since I can’t speak Italian I can’t understand it, except to note that the word for “topless” in Italian is apparently “topless.” I’d love to hear more details from any Italian-speaking readers.

There are also two Italian newspaper accounts here, and here. Here’s a translation of one of them via Google Translate:

A nice Christmas present: a compensation of 25 000 €. It is the sum Luisa D. B., 26, committed the Via del Corso, scored after being exonerated by ‘charges of indecent exposure in public places. L ‘handsome young man last summer was denounced for his irrepressible topless by a mom, according to which the vision of that breasts were upsetting his teenage children on a beach in Anzio Lavinio. The two boys – according to his mother – had been enchanted with his eyes open in front of that curvy girl who smeared suntan lotion on her naked breast. “Shame on you and cover, ” he shouted at the young woman committed. Faced with the refusal of the girl, her mother had taken her two children and went to complain to the police station. Luisa D. B. was identified. But then the magistrate had now closed the case, do not see any crime against the order. Instead, the process went forward, opened ‘s office for defamation against the woman who had lodged the complaint. And the damages – as reported Gianluca Arrighi, legal Luisa D. B. – was paid to the girl just to get her to give up a civil party in the process. In this way the cause for slander may now be closed. P.S. Luisa D. B. in the meantime has also found a second job: it has begun to pose as a model.

Seems about right to me :)

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