WASHINGTON — Scantily clad Victoria’s Secret lingerie models weren’t indecent during last fall’s fashion show broadcast on ABC, at least according to primetime broadcast standards, the Federal Communications Commission has decided.
The FCC decision was made public in a letter released Monday and directed at about 20 people who filed formal complaints claiming the program broke agency rules. An FCC spokesman said the agency received about 200 informal calls of complaint lodged against ABC.
“You have not demonstrated that the sexual aspect of the material was, in context, so graphic or explicit as to be patently offensive,” wrote Charles W. Kelley, chief of the Investigations and Hearings Division of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.
Kelley cited First Amendment free-speech considerations in the FCC’s decision. Free speech can be indecent and break the agency rules if material “depicts or describes sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium,” Kelley wrote.

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