Foxy Brown Cleared of 'Mooning' Charges: Witness Refused to Testify
Rapper Foxy Brown's mooning charges have been dismissed because the mooning victim has decided not to testify - and she didn't even have to whip out the tried-and-true "underwear defense."
Brown's mooning of her neighbor, Arlene Raymond, had allegedly violated an order of protection, reports the New York Daily News.
How did this all begin? It all began with a simple feud. Raymond and Brown reside in the same Prospect Heights building. One time, Brown blasted a car radio outside the building, which likely irritated Raymond to no end.
The feud continued, and in 2008 Brown pled guilty to menacing Raymond with a cell phone. After that, the judge told Brown to stay away from Raymond, and Raymond had an order of protection against Brown, reports the International Business Times.
However, in July 2010, Brown allegedly hiked up her very tight dress and mooned Raymond, violating the order of protection Raymond had against seeing Brown's backside, according to the New York Daily News.
Granted, the order of protection probably did not specify "no mooning." But in general, orders of protection are meant to protect victims by sometimes preventing the defendant from getting too close to the victim, or preventing the defendant from disturbing the peace of the victim.
Was mooning someone "disturbing the peace?" Yeah, probably.
Though, it was Brown's contention that the mooning never happened. The "underwear defense," which Brown's attorney was ready to whip out, was that during the day of the mooning incident Brown had actually decided to forego the wearing of panties, according to the New York Daily News.
And, Raymond's version of the account is that she had seen Brown's panties when she was mooned.
Ah, the classic "underwear defense." Or actually, maybe it should be called "lack of underwear defense." Raymond allegedly decided not to pursue the case after she decided there was no money that could come out of the prosecution, reports the New York Daily News. Whatever the case, it seems that for Foxy Brown, her mooning charges being dismissed is nothing but good news for the rapper.
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