"That's more than likely why they circumvented the permit," she said. Directors Coodie and Chike of Creative Control told MTV News that they did not apply for or obtain any permits for the shoot and kept a keen eye out for any police while filming.
"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," Chike recalled to MTV News on Monday. "So I was like, 'This is gonna be interesting.' Her contingency plan was get arrested — she was big on doing it."
"We had bail money and everything," Coodie chimed in. "I think she really wanted to get arrested and even make a bigger message. You know what I'm saying?"
As soon as it wrapped, they said, Badu was hustled into a van and whisked from the area.
"And then people were like, 'I'm calling the police!' " Chike said.
"It was nothing but two or three people, it was nothing that crazy at all," Coodie said. "There was that one lady, though, that was really crazy, she was like, 'That was so offensive!' "
A spokesperson for Badu's label had not responded to MTV News' requests for comment or details of the shoot. Had Badu been spotted by an officer, she could have been arrested for a class B misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, which carries a fine of up to $2,000 and a jail term of up to 180 days, or both, Crowther said. But, considering that there were children present during the shoot, Crowther said that charge would probably have been bumped up to a Class A enhanced indecent exposure charge, which pushes the fine up to a maximum of $4,000 and up to one year in jail, or both. Because there were no officers who witnessed the nudity in the shoot first-hand — which Crowther said likely took less than 90 seconds to complete — it's unclear what, if anything, Dallas police can do about it.
"No charges have been filed thus far," she said. "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."
If a witness does come forward and lodge a complaint, however, it's still possible that Badu and her crew could face some police sanction, according to Crowther. If a police officer witnessed the shoot and comes forward, the charge could be stronger.
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