Forbidden City reports nude photo shoot to police

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The Forbidden City in China's capital, Beijing, stated it had reported an unauthorized controversial nude photo shoot in the museum to police, Legal Evening News reported Monday.

Photos featuring a nude female model in the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, circulated online in May and drew heated debate. [Photo/Weibo.com] 

 

A number of photos featuring a nude female model in the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, circulated online in May and drew heated debate. The historic site is one of China's most-visited scenic spots and sees millions of domestic and foreign tourists every year.

Museum authorities said on Monday morning that they had reported the incident to police immediately after finding out about the shoot, and they stated that the incident is currently under investigation.

China's public security law stipulates that those who molest others or purposefully appear naked in public are subject to five to ten days in police custody. Whether this nude photo is subject to such punishment will be decided by the public security system, the museum said.

In an earlier report, the photographer who took the photos, Wang Dong, insisted that the photo shoot was an act of artistic creation that did not interfere with any other visitors to the site.

The Forbidden City has been calling for the stationing of law enforcement teams within the museum complex to ensure a "safe, regulated and clean" environment.

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