FDNY Calendar Model in Hot Water

An FDNY firefighter has been suspended following a domestic dispute under some rather peculiar circumstances. Taylor Murphy, who appeared as Mr. March in a 2011 firefighter calendar, was arrested last week following a domestic assault incident with girlfriend.

Apparently two weeks ago, Murphy and his girlfriend were at a strip club. That seems to be contributing factor number 1. Murphy’s girlfriend is actually a stunningly beautiful model named Claudia Charriez. In fact, she was on America’s Next Top Model in 2006. See her photos. Let’s call that contributing factor number 2.

Contributing factor number 3 occurred when several patrons asked Charriez to dance. Contributing factor number 4 arose when the owner of the club offered her a job on the spot as a dancer. Murphy got jealous, the dispute turned violent and spilled into the street outside the strip club. Murphy allegedly bit, slapped, choked and kicked Charriez, dragging her several blocks by her hair. Murphy is reported to weigh roughly 245 pounds while Charriez weighs a mere 124 pounds.

Had the story ended there, it most certainly would have qualified as one of the more bizarre “You can’t make this stuff up” stories of the year. But news sources are reporting an additional twist: Charriez used to be a male. In fact, she was disqualified from  America’s Next Top Model when it was disclosed she was born a man.

Murphy has been suspended from the FDNY and faces several assault, criminal mischief and obstruction of justice charges. He was released on personal recognizance. More on the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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