Controversial photographer Allen Henson fully lived up to his reputation this past Thursday when he showed up to the New York Supreme Court for an impromptu photo shoot with five models… who were wearing nothing but underwear, stockings and heels. He is currently being sued by the Empire State Building for taking photos of topless women on their property. Even though his hearing was actually postponed until August 4th, he decided to show up to the courthouse and cause a scene anyway.

Henson Shoot 1

© Allen Henson

This whole taking-photos-of-topless-women-in-public thing is kind of Henson’s shtick, and can easily come off as a publicity stunt, but he tells Gothamist that the true purpose of these photographs is to draw attention to the issue of censorship, “censorship is important to me…I did two tours in Iraq and I live and breathe America. We should be able to do these things and not worry about these frivolous lawsuits.”

Topless Models NY Supreme Court

© Allen Henson

Topless Models NY Supreme Court

© Allen Henson

Henson was promptly met by a security guard who intended on deleting the photographs from his phone, but eased off once she learned reporters from major newspapers were present. Henson walked away without any punishment from the court, except this threat of having photos deleted.

Henson Shoot 2

© Allen Henson

Although it is in fact legal for women to be topless in New York State, Henson’s photography often takes place on private property, which has its own rules. Despite this, Henson is not worried about the lawsuits, telling The Daily News, “I’m really just having a good time. That’s it. I’m not really taking this all that seriously” and “I want to win. I’m going to win.”

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