09/04/1998 AT 12:00 AM EDT
One of New York's Bravest landed in hot water over a sex scene in HBO's "Sex and the City." Firefighter Michael Lombardi assigned to Rescue Unit 5 on Staten Island (and, not so coincidentally, Mr. December in the 1999 Firehouse Hunks calendar), had to face his superiors yesterday to explain his role in the June 4 episode of the series, titled "Where There's Smoke." In it, his bare butt was exposed as he heated up the character played by series regular Kim Cattrall. Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen told New York's Daily News that he would not comment on his "discussion" with Lombardi, 38, though officials told the paper that Lombardi had received permission from the NYFD to pursue an acting career -- and that, although Lombardi got a stern talking-to, no disciplinary action is expected.