ABC have been fined $1.43m for an NYPD Blue episode that showed “multiple, close-up views” of Charlotte Ross’ (below) buttocks.
The announcement follows years of argument between the US regulator and the network since the show was broadcast as far back as February 25, 2003.
The Federal Communications Commission said it found the episode to be “indecent”. The fine is $27,500, the maximum possible at the time, multiplied by the 52 ABC stations that showed it.
The FCC commissioner Deborah Taylor said,
“We find that the programming at issue is within the scope of our indecency definition because it depicts sexual organs and excretory organs – specifically an adult woman’s buttocks. Although ABC argues, without citing any authority, that the buttocks are not a sexual organ, we reject this argument, which runs counter to both case law and common sense.”
The fine is more than twice that applied when Janet Jackson had her “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime show.
You can see more of this shocking scene at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnsxFvCaZJ8
But don’t say you weren’t warned.