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Huntsville clown rallies for women to go topless in Asheville

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Jeff Johnson is advocating for men and women both to be able to go topless in Asheville, North Carolina. Jeff Johnson is advocating for men and women both to be able to go topless in Asheville, North Carolina.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Huntsville pediatrician office general manager is rallying to allow men and women to go topless, but he claims authorities infringed on his constitutional rights.   

Jeff Johnson said it's happened several times in Asheville, North Carolina, a place where it's legal for everyone to go topless.

"It should be like Asheville everywhere," said Johnson.   

He started his mission after a female friend asked him for some help.

Johnson's fear is if women don't use the right they have, it'll get taken away.

"The reason it's legal is if a man can do it, then a woman can do it," said Johnson. "If you make a law based on your genitalia, you're breaking the constitution."

But not everyone is in full support of Johnson's movement.

"Many things are better left to the imagination," said Huntsville resident Paul Mittel.

Johnson said even the Asheville Police have given him trouble. He shot an undercover video as officers approached him and two topless women recently.

"They stopped me when they had no reason to stop me, they lied to me and jerked us around, they intimidated me," said Johnson.

The Huntsville native has also received personal attacks from a list of people because he's performed as a clown for children.

Now, he's planning legal action.

"When the police broke my civil rights and broke those ladies civil rights that's when it got personal. When they came in and mischaracterized me and misrepresented me that's when the gloves came off," said Johnson.

Asheville Police Department has not commented at this point in time.

It is illegal for women to walk around topless in Alabama.

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