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Sandy Kane, "Naked Cowgirl," Feuding with NYC "Naked Cowboy"; So Who Owns the Naked City?

"Naked Cowboy" (Anthony Ruiz)

"Naked Cowboy" Robert Burck (Anthony Ruiz)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Times Square may be the crossroads of the universe to some, but is there room for more than one "Naked Cowboy"...or cowgirl, as the case may be?

New York City's self-styled Naked Cowboy - real name Robert Burck - is a tourist "attraction" and curiosity, known for strumming his guitar wearing only briefs and a cowboy hat.

Now Burck is warning a female competitor to get out of Dodge. He has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a female counterpart - the "Naked Cowgirl" - aka Sandy Kane, a fixture of the city's comedy scene. She wears a red, white and blue cowboy hat and matching bikini, according to the New York Post. Burck wants the bikini-clad woman to stop ripping off his trademark, and threatens to sue. Lawyers at twenty paces?

Burck says if Kane's going to make money by posing for photos, he wants her to sign a "Naked Cowboy Franchise Agreement."

Yes, the Naked Cowboy is a franchise.

Most of his licensed franchisees are required to pay $5,000 a year or $500 a month and go through a screening process.

Kane, who is in her 50s, is a former stripper who claims she doesn't owe Burck anything.

Is the Big Apple big enough for another naked cow-person?

The wild wild east just got a little bit wilder.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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