An Indian court issued arrest warrants for Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Thursday. The warrants were based on a public kiss between the two that occurred at a recent HIV/AIDS awareness event. Gere allegedly embraced Shetty and kissed her several times on the cheek which, according to the court, “transgressed all limits of vulgarity.”
A local citizen filed a complaint stating that the public display of affection offended “local sensibilities. This is what prompted the courts to begin involved in the incident. Public displays of affection are taboo in India.
Gere left India shortly after the kissing incident and it’s not clear at this time how the warrant will affect him. Under Indian law a person convicted of public obscenity faces up to three months in prison, a fine, or both.
Gere is a frequent visitor to India. He is a huge supporter of health issues and the cause of Tibetan exiles in India. Gere is the hot hunk who has starred in films “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “American Gigolo” and “Pretty Woman.”
Shetty is well-known in India. She became an international star after her appearance on the British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother.” Shetty won the reality series competition after a fellow contestant made alleged racist comment to Shetty on the program.