Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Empire State Building suing East Village photographer for topless photo shoot
[Photo by Allen Henson]
The Empire State Building management has filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against East Village resident Allen Henson for taking photos of a topless Shelby Carter on the skyscraper's 86th floor observatory last Aug. 9.
According to the lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court, his actions "were unlawful … and caused ESB damage to its business and its reputation as a safe and secure family friendly tourist attractions."
In addition, ESB officials said that they had to "divert management time, resources and attention to deal with the inappropriate objectionable conduct and potentially dangerous situation the defendant created."
The building's management is asking for a total of $1.1 million in damages and a court order barring Henson from returning to the building.
We asked Henson if he could say anything on the record about the lawsuit.
"Yes, they're being ridiculous."
(The Daily News has more on the lawsuit here.)
Last July, Henson photographed Cheyenne Lutek dining topless at Verso on Avenue C … as well as the Sushi Lounge. (A bit of a coincidence that both restaurants are now closed?)
Previously on EV Grieve:
Female diner decides to go topless last night at Verso
[NSFW] About the topless diner at Verso Sunday night