Topless activist freed early from jail

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Phoenix Feeley was jailed for refusing to cover herself on a New Jersey beach in 2008.

A day after her early release from the Monmouth County Jail, topless rights proponent Phoenix Feeley issued a brief but harsh summary of her stay at the Freehold Township lockup, along with a photo of herself in the free world — cleavage prominent, naturally.

Feeley, 33, was originally arrested and fined for refusing to cover herself on a Spring Lake beach in 2008. She claims that it is discriminatory for women to have to cover themselves while men can bare their chests just about anywhere.

Feeley was sentenced Aug. 8 to 16 days in the county jail for refusing to pay $816 in fines. She had been jailed since Aug. 12, so she had 12 days left to serve.

Nadine Gary, president of, said she has not spoken directly with Feeley since her release, and that an email from Feeley said she would be incommunicado for a couple of days.

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