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3 Women Arrested for 'Twerking,' but They're Not the 1st

By William Peacock, Esq. on April 30, 2014 12:53 PM

Arrested for twerking? What is this, "Footloose"?

Well, not exactly. Brittany Medak, 20, Christie Valazquez Coura, 20, and Leokham Yothsombath, 22, were arrested in Beaverton, Oregon, but the arrest likely had little to do with the dancing itself. According to The Oregonian, the trio started twerking in the parking lot of Beaverton's City Hall, immediately after one of them paid a fine.

The exhibition wasn't complete, however, as the girls reportedly flashed their genitals at the building before one of them lifted her skirt and urinated between two cars. They were pulled over shortly after leaving. Police officers, shockingly enough, allegedly found marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs in the car, reports UPI.

Twerking, You Say?

Yes, twerking. What is twerking? The Oregonian hilariously describes it as "a dance move involving posterior gyrations made famous by pop singer Miley Cyrus." Here's a video, just in case that's not clear enough:

(Don't worry, the above clip was actually staged for ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live.")

Twerking, alone, is probably not a crime. Flashing one's genitals, urinating in public, and drug possession, on the other hand, are crimes in most states.

Then again, this isn't the first time a twerker has been arrested.

Florida, Where Else?

Late last year, a young woman in Florida, 27-year-old Valerie Dixon was arrested after she was seen twerking, grasping her genitals, and screaming profanities at a school bus. She was charged with disorderly conduct, Time reports.

A month prior, a video-blogger by the name of "Carmel Kitten" was arrested by an undercover police officer for twerking at a bus stop. The incident was caught on video. There is no word on what charges, if any, were filed.

Disorderly Conduct?

The most likely charge one might receive, should they be arrested for twerking in public, is for disorderly conduct. Though the specifics and severity of the charge vary by state and city, generally, the charge is a low-level petty misdemeanor, punishable by a fine and minimal jail time.

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