Erykah Badu Pleads Not Guilty to ‘Window Seat’ Charges
Erykah Badu entered a not guilty plea Wednesday (April 28) on disorderly conduct charges for appearing nude in her 'Window Seat' music video. Badu who stripped down to nothing in the middle of Dealey Plaza in Dallas, caused quite a stir once the video went viral. After receiving a complaint from an unidentified citizen, Dallas police decided to go forward with the charges. The misdemeanor citation, which is punishable by a $500 fine was mailed to Badu's house in early April.
Badu maintains that the nudity was not at attempt at indecency but rather a commentary on self-acceptance. "I thought it was a move for women and men and children who feel they weren't good enough," she said in an interview. "'This is just me. I'm good enough.' I felt it was important enough to do. More pros than cons." The 39-year-old, a native of Dallas herself, chose Dealey Plaza because it is one of the busiest places in the city.
The controversy behind the video worked as great publicity for Badu's album 'New Amerykah Part II: Return of The Ankh.' The album was released March 30 and debuted at No. 4 Billboard charts selling 110,000 copies in its first week.