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March 30, 1972: Nude scene prompts police to raid ‘Hair’ performance



AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta police temporarily interrupted the performance of the rock opera “Hair” at Bell Auditorium following a nude scene at the end of the first act.

City Police Chief James Beck said 12 actors, the stage manager and company manager Richard Grayson will be charged with public indecency.

Grayson said there was a confrontation among police, performers and himself backstage after the nude scene, and that police “disrupted the performance” when they (police) tried to take pictures of nude actors.

Actors charged that police action in taking the picture was against Union Equity rules and one actress charged that police struck star Kenny Ortega in the face with their camera.