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South African artist guilty of exhibitionism in Paris for rooster-penis dance

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, May 5, 2014 7:43 EDT
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A Paris court on Monday found a South African artist guilty of sexual exhibitionism after a performance in Paris that saw him dance with a rooster tied to his penis.

But the criminal court imposed no penalty on the artist, 51-year-old Steven Cohen, noting that no complaint had been filed against him and that he had not engaged in sexual acts.

Prosecutors had requested a 1,000 euro ($1,390) fine.

Cohen was arrested last September after the performance in a busy public square near the Eiffel Tower.

Sporting platform shoes and an outlandish costume including feathers on his fingers and a headdress made of a stuffed pheasant, he danced for 10 minutes with his penis attached to the rooster, before police stepped in.

“What I did was art (that) had nothing to do with sexuality,” he had told the court, adding that no one — even a group of passing nuns — had complained about the performance.

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