New York City’s infamous Times Square street performer known as the “Naked Cowboy” was arrested during spring break in Florida.
Dressed in his trademark white briefs, cowboy hat and boots, Robert Burck, 51, was in Daytona Beach on March 6 for the motorcycle rally Bike Week.
“The defendant began taking photographs with multiple bystanders, while bystanders placed United States currency inside [his] guitar’s center sound hole,” an arresting officer wrote in a report obtained by the Associated Press.
Police body-camera video appears to show Burck asking a male and a female officer who had restrained him and told him to lean against the hood of a squad car what he did wrong.
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“We told you to stop panhandling and you still accepted money from people,” the male officer responded, according to the AP.
“I don't want money from anybody ... It's not what I'm doing here,” the performer insisted.
Video a bystander shot at the scene shows the situation came to a head when the Naked Cowboy stood up and asked a woman he appeared to know to remove a cell phone from his boot.
The female officer then grabbed the handcuffed Naked Cowboy and pushed him toward the back of the squad car, breaking his guitar in the process.
Police booked Burck on a misdemeanor resisting arrest without violence charge and cited him for panhandling.
Volusia County court records show he was released from jail on March 7 after a first appearance hearing.
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