Date: 24th February 2001
Original CHARLIE'S ANGELES actress FARRAH FAWCETT has sparked a feminist row in Austria - or rather her breasts have.
Over 700 feminist demonstrators gathered outside the VIENNA OPERA HOUSE ball last week (ends25FEB01) to protest at comments made by the city's mayor about the Hollywood actress's curvy figure. The legendary star was escorted to the $12,000 (£8,000)-a-head ball by millionaire mayor RICHARD LUGNER and his wife, CHRISTINA in the aftermath of an extraordinary statement by Lugner earlier in the week. He'd said, "For a 50-year-old, Farrah Fawcett's breasts are truly fantastic." A total of 47 people were arrested and 17 police officers were injured as the protest turned violent outside the Opera House.
GREEN PARTY women's official ULRIKA LUNCECK says, "Lugner's comments show that there are men around the world who still see women as sex objects. They take them to events like this as decoration." (TM/WNTEX/MCM)