Complaints Filed in India over Richard Gere Kiss
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18, 2007 09:30 AM EDT
By Sara Hammel
Gere kissing Shetty Photo by: Sanjay Jha / Rex USA
Days after Richard Gere caused an uproar in India by kissing a Bollywood actress on the cheek, three lawyers have filed complaints against the actor.
The complaints, filed in Indian courts, target the Hoax star, 57, and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, 31, for their smooch during a public HIV-awareness event in New Delhi, a local news story said Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. (See the video below.)
Photos of the two embracing were published on front pages all over India on Monday, sparking protests in several cities within the country, where public displays of affection remain largely taboo. Crowds even burned effigies of Gere.
Edited to add:
This is where the saying “Know your audience”… rings very true.