Topless sunbather quizzed for 'troubling' boys
Published 12/08/2010 | 05:00
A MOTHER of two boys reported a topless sunbather to police, because the way she applied suntan lotion was "troubling" her sons.
The 26-year-old sunbather, identified only as Luisa under Italian privacy laws, was questioned by officers, who opened an obscenity investigation.
The mother had initially asked the woman, an assistant in a fashion store, to cover herself up as her "ample" breasts and the act of rubbing suncream on her body had disturbed the boys, aged 12 and 14, she said.
The sunbather, who was on a public beach at Anzio, south of Rome, refused. When police arrived, she remonstrated with them, still unclothed, to the amusement of holidaymakers.
Yesterday, Gianluca Arrighi, the sunbather's lawyer, said: "Something like this happening in 2010 is absurd. My client was approached and asked to cover up by the woman and she simply asked her what her problem was.
"From there, the woman gathered up her children and went and complained to police, bringing the officers to the scene, where Luisa was still on the beach sunbathing.
"Let's be clear, my client is tall, brunette and has an ample breast and is, therefore, naturally going to be sensuous when she applies cream to her chest.
"This may well have attracted the attention of the woman's two sons but it should not lead to my client being convicted."
Topless sunbathing has fallen out of fashion in recent years. In both France and Italy, far fewer women abandon their bikini tops on the beach.
A police spokesman said: "A patrol was stopped by a mother of two sons who was angry at a topless sunbather and the way she was applying suntan cream.
"She told us that she had asked the woman to cover herself up because her young sons had been admiring the sunbather and they had been troubled by what she was doing.
"We have opened a file on committing an obscene act.
"From what I heard she was very attractive," the police spokesman added. (© Daily Telegraph, London)