A South African performance artist who tied a live rooster to
his penis during an impromptu open-air show near the Eiffel
Tower has been found guilty of "sexual exhibitionism", but
the Paris court did not impose a sentence, prosecutors said.
Last September Steven Cohen danced on the tourist-filled
Trocadero Plaza dressed in a corset, high heels, long red
gloves and an elaborate feathered headdress with a rooster
attached to his penis by a ribbon.
Against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, and under the
amused and perplexed gaze of tourists, including a group of
nuns, the spectacle lasted only a few moments before police
arrested Cohen, dragging him across the plaza, rooster
Cohen's lawyer told Reuters she was "relieved".
"This is a rather measured decision," said lawyer Agnès
Tricoire. "In my opinion, this case should never have gone to
In a March interview with Le Figaro daily, Cohen said
authorities had "no understanding of what art is, what
"If I'm found guilty ... I will see it as a failure of French
justice," said Cohen, who has lived in France for about 10