Paris court finds SA artist guilty of exhibitionism

Artist Steven Cohen at the Durban July in 1999. (AFP)

Artist Steven Cohen at the Durban July in 1999. (AFP)

Artist Steven Cohen has been found guilty of exhibitionism after a performance in Paris that saw him dance with a rooster tied to his penis.

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 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. – AFP.

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