That must have been some kiss. An Indian court has issued an arrest warrant for Richard Gere over a public kiss he gave to Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty earlier this month.
Indians in several cities later protested and burned effigies of Gere, saying the kiss was an “indecent” act and “against Indian culture.”
On Thursday, Judge Dinesh Gupta issued an arrest warrant in the northwestern city of Jaipur, acting on a petition by a local lawyer, and said the kiss “transgressed all limits of vulgarity,” according to reports in India.
Gupta earlier viewed footage of the event, which he called “highly sexually erotic.” He said the act violated India’s public obscenity laws, the Associated Press reports.
Under Indian law, anyone convicted of public obscenity faces up to three months in prison, a fine or both.
Apparently, legal cases against celebrities are becoming increasingly common in India as a way of getting publicity.