Photo shoot for men's magazine surprises neighbors
CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR. Charlotte.Com
Benn Hill came home from work one day last week and found his wife afraid to take their kids outside because of the nearly naked woman being photographed down the street.
According to Hill and some of his neighbors, a camera crew for the men's magazine Maxim was taking pictures of a woman whose attire ranged from a billowing dress to pasties and panties.
Some neighbors called police and tried to take pictures of the photo shoot as evidence. Others told the Creekview-Pier Point Homeowner's Association president. It was the talk of that night's neighborhood meeting. And residents of the University City neighborhood were still fuming afterward.
They sent e-mails -- to the mayor, to City Council members, to Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.
"I do not need this trash brought to my front door," Hill said in an e-mail to City Councilman John Tabor.
When police arrived, Hill said, officers told the neighbors the camera shoot was legal.
According to a memo sent by city attorneys to some council members, the law states that the photo shoot was legal as long as the person doesn't expose private parts. The neighbor who allowed his property to be used for the photo shoot could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.
The homeowners association president, Johnny White, said he thinks the law should be re-examined. Tabor said he thinks police officers should "err on the side of being conservative every time."
Hill said he just doesn't want his wife to be afraid to take their children outside.
"I've got an almost 3-year-old and a 1-year-old," he said. "We have children. ... What I want is for (him) not to do it again."