Bill Cosby Flashed Outside of 5th Avenue Barnes and Noble by Holly Van Voast

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Cosby responds, via Humans of New York
Today on the topless beat: From the blog Humans of New York (and photographer Brandon Stanton) comes a tale of two breasts and a man we all can't help but associate with our childhood and hideous but fascinating sweaters. Yes, we are speaking of Holly Van Voast, the woman who recently flashed a courtroom while in court for being topless, and Bill Cosby, he of television sitcom and wild dance moves and Jell-O pudding fame. In town to promote his new book, I Didn't Ask to Be Born: But I'm Glad I Was at the city's Fifth Avenue Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, the 74-year-old Cosby got a surprise.

Brandon Stanton, who first met Van Voast on the street last week and had been invited by her to the store to "see what I do," writes on his blog:

I had no idea what she meant by that. I expected to find her bare-chested, defiant, and forcing pamphlets into the clenched hands of tourists. But when I arrived she was fully clothed. She was rocking on her heels. She looked nervous as shit. "I'm nervous as shit," she said. "Why? What's going on?" "Bill Cosby's in there. " Holly pointed at the bookstore. "He's signing books. When he comes out, I'm going to flash him. That's what I do." "That's what you do?" "Yeah, me and my friends are artists. I'm trying to get attention so I try to flash celebrities. I take off my shirt and run up to them. You know, like a topless paparazzo. That's what I call myself -- Holly Van Voast, Topless Paparazzo."

After a bit of a cat and mouse -- Bill Cosby disappearing into the store, Cosby's Cadillac driver getting suspicious, and Cosby finally emerging through the emergency exit, "Holly ripped off her shirt and leapt into action."

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Humans of New York

Stanton captured the whole thing, and tells us, "He just seemed really, really confused. He kept saying 'What's happening?' and 'Who is that?'"

Did they whisk him off into the Cadillac? "He was in the process of getting into his car when it happened," and, their mission complete, "We just walked away."

Flashing Bill Cosby [Humans of NY]

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MelM
MelM

What's her art?

tj
tj

J-E-L-L-Ohhhooo no!

Sen-Pei Hsia
Sen-Pei Hsia

holly is fantastic. even though she is doing this to get attention for her art, she is a real, genuine person who has made a statement about freedom. whether or not it is intentional is another story. you guys need to stop hating on her.

Burton Wynne Jr.
Burton Wynne Jr.

Strange enough I have seven friends on fb in common w/ Holly...  Who knew...

Burton Wynne Jr.
Burton Wynne Jr.

I don't see how flashing anyone really is activism...  From what it sounds like Holly Van Voast is pretty creepy stalking the Cos'...  

Feasco
Feasco

Thats pretty funny but u don't disrespect The Cos!!

Geekized
Geekized

That woman needs to keep her clothes on. Ugh.

flowforth
flowforth

The image of BC's cookies hitting the sidewalk.

JENA2
JENA2

what a BOOB!      HO HO HO

flowforth
flowforth

True, I should be blaming myself and Google Images for having viewed her from the front, that's really inappropriate to do to a 74 year old icon. Have some respect.

Nimrod
Nimrod

100% agree with you. That bitch is NASTY.

Conflama
Conflama

Oh yes, of course, you perfect woman, you! Please dictate for us all who should and should not take her clothes off. Cunt.

Geekized
Geekized

Oh I see. Having an opinion makes me a cunt. Well, thanks for clearing that up. Cunt.

rockosmodurnlife
rockosmodurnlife

She doesn't have to be perfect to tell who should and should not take off their clothes. She only needs to have eyes. And we don't want to see her cunt either.

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