Broadway Theater Installs IR Camera System to Capture Spectators Trying to Shoot Nude Scenes

Earlier this week, someone posted videos on cellphones of Tony-nominated actor Jesse L. Williams and co-star Michael Oberholtzer taken during a nude scene from the play they star, Take Me Out. Deadline reports that Second Stage Theatre, where the play will be performed on Broadway, has taken measures to keep cell phones out of the hands of audiences during the play, requiring the use of Yondr pouches to store cell phones when someone is in a limited area.

It’s unknown if someone unlocked the pouch (there are many videos online claiming to show how to open the pouches without the patented magnet designed to open and close them) or simply smuggled a device inside.

A statement posted to the theater’s Twitter account said: “Taking nude photos of anyone without their consent is highly objectionable and could have serious legal consequences”, calling the act “a gross and unacceptable breach of trust between the actor and the public in the theater community.”

Now, a theater spokesperson told Deadline and the New York Times that it has set up a new infrared camera aimed at the public and monitored by security to see if anyone is trying to use a recording device. Second Stage director of production Peter Dean told the Time the new system adds point, tilt and zoom capabilities to their existing measurements so they can focus on one person and see if they’re really up to something.

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