In one of the biggest fines in history The Federal Communications Commission hit ABC with a $1.4 million charge for nudity in a scene on NYPD Blues – one of the most popular TV dramas ever – over five years ago.
The FCC statement makes interesting reading: “[In the scene in] question, a woman wearing a robe is shown entering a bathroom… she removes her robe, thereby revealing the side of one of her breasts and a full view of her back. The camera shot includes a full view of her buttocks and her upper legs as she leans across the sink to hang up her robe… only a small portion of the side of one of her breasts is visible. Her pubic area is not visible, but her buttocks are visible from the side.”
And here Charlotte Ross stills from that scene: