Officer Who Posed Naked Wins Back Pay, Interest
NEW YORK (AP) _ Cibella Borges, a police officer fired after nude photos of her appeared in a men’s magazine, has been awarded more than $80,000 in back pay, interest and medical expenses.
But Supreme Court Justice George Bundy Smith, who made the award Friday, turned down her demand that the city pay her $95,413 legal bill. New York’s Supreme Court is a trial-level court.
In April, a state appeals court reinstated Ms. Borges, who had been off the job for nearly three years. The court said she could not be penalized because the nude photographs had been taken before she had become a police officer.
The 28-year-old officer who works in a Brooklyn precinct said she’d be happy to share the money with her lawyer, but was not sure what the split would be.
The justice said Ms. Borges was entitled to $70,478 in back play, plus 9 percent interest, bringing the total to $76,820, and another $6,033 for counseling and other medical expenses.
Ms. Borges had been with the police department for 18 months when she was suspended without pay on July 30, 1982, after the nude photos appeared in Beaver, a now-defunct men’s magazine. Ten months later she was fired.