Artist who danced with rooster tied to penis by Eiffel Tower guilty of 'sexual exhibitionism'

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A street performer has been found guilty of 'sexual exhibitionism' after tying a cockerel to his penis and dancing near the Eiffel Tower.

Steven Cohen put on the show at the tourist-packed Trocadero Plaza last September dressed in a corset, high heels, long red gloves, and a feathered headdress, with the cockerel tied to his penis by a ribbon, reports the Mirror.

A number of tourists, including a group of nuns, looked on in astonishment for around 10 minutes before he was arrested and dragged away.

A Paris court found the South African artist guilty of sexual exhibitionism, but did not impose a penalty because no complaint had been filed against him and he had not engaged in sexual acts.

According to the Guardian, after the verdict Cohen said the act had nothing to do with sexuality, adding: "I think the victim is art.

"I'm not saying I'm going to, but my desire is to complete what was incorrectly halted by the authorities.

"I'm frustrated because it's almost like being found guilty but not being punished. It's like saying, 'We are right but we are not going to do anything to you,' which for me is a double injustice."

According to Cohen's lawyer, Agnes Tricoire, the rooster is now "living a totally happy life in Normandy".

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