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No sooner had one Times Square Spider-Man been acquitted of attempted assault (but convicted of harassment) than another was accused of groping a woman, leading to calls for regulation of the area’s costumed characters.
“In the last 10 days alone, we’ve seen two Statues of Liberty arrested, a Spider-Man convicted of harassing a tourist, and now a third character arrested for groping a woman in Times Square,” Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement obtained by CBS New York. “The situation is out of control and a licensing and regulatory scheme must be put in place.”
Tompkins stressed that he doesn’t endorse an outright ban on costumed types, but rather would like to see New York City adopt a licensing system. Something along the lines of the Superhuman Regulation Act, perhaps?
According to the TV station, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. proposed legislation last year that would ban or institute strict regulations on the city’s costumed characters. The president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association endorsed licensing in 2013 after a Cookie Monster allegedly shoved a child.