Arrest Warrant Issued For Richard Gere Over Kiss

April 26th, 2007 // 19 Comments

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.

By Jessica Marx
  1. T-Bone

    IS this or is this not the same f-ing country that practices female infanticide (meaning in some parts THEY KILL female newborns and fetus’s, because they have such little regard for women)??? Seriously, pick your battles India! Perhaps you should concentrate on something a little more important than an aging actor’s friendly kiss on the cheek!!!

  2. Crystal

    Well seriously guys… When in Rome, DO as Romans do… Dont go around kissing in public when you are in a country where marriages are still arranged. Keep the hollywood style, real in USA. Have you seen any bollywood movies with lot of kissing going on??? I guess no.Respect the country you go to and respect the people.

    Hey T-Bone so did the USA practice all kinds of things against the women 100 yrs ago… Please those days are long gone dude. Get your fact straight. And hey arnt you the guys sending troops to all those helpless middle estern countries, killing innocent lives right now as we speak.

    P L E A S E !!!! Loose the all time American ego guys.

  3. T-Bone

    Crystal — Stay on track here — it’s obvious you don’t care much for the USA, but seriously… Think about it… Richard Gere kissed a fellow actress friend at an AIDS awareness event (which they both support) ON THE CHEEK!!! Now they’re going to arrest him??? I’m all for the “when in Rome” thing and having respect for other cultures, but seriously, India has just a few other things that are more important to worry about than this.

  4. E-Bone

    T-Bone… without trying to come across as insulting, but you clearly haven’t travelled much, have you? Just because our country doesn’t do something one way doesn’t make it right or wrong elsewhere. Example: in certain cultures showing the bottom of one’s shoe (ie, if you were to cross your legs while seated across from someone) is a major insult. Rather than say “BUT IT’S JUST A SOLE OF A SHOE!!!” (ie, “JUST A KISS ON THE CHEEK”) why don’t you try to appreciate (ie, understand) that things are different elsewhere. Not understanding other cultures, aside from showing ignorance, creates a whole lot of troubles – for entire countries as well as people.

    Another example – try going to Quebec & saying “Goddammit”. It’s the equivalent of say 10 “F-bombs” if you know what I mean. Quebecers would be very put out by this, yet it’s not nearly as big a deal here in NYC.

    Understand & appreciate my friend.

    E-Bone
    (remember, there’s a lot more of them than there are of us! hahaha)

  5. Cementing the fact that India is a country full of retards.

    Speaking of retards…Hey Crystal…shut your pie hole.

  6. T-Bone

    E-Bone — I’ve traveled quite a bit, my friend, so perhaps you should cut the condescending tone of your post. And you just put your own foot in your own mouth when you said “Quebecers would be very put out by this, yet it’s not nearly as big a deal here in NYC”. That’s my point, bud…they might be “put out” by it, but they aren’t going to arrest anyone for it. Even the woman he kissed wasn’t offended by it!

    If you TRULY, in your heart think that Richard Gere should spend 3 months in prison for kissing a fellow actor on the cheek at an AIDS benefit, you’re insane! Like I said, there’s plenty more for India to worry about than something this small. And don’t go on and on and on about understanding other cultures. Everyone understands what you’re saying. The question here is should Richard Gere spend time in jail for a kiss on the cheek, and I think EVEN YOU might say no to that.

  7. E-Bone

    To T-Bone et. al. – even the person with the pseudoname “arse” (how quaint!)

    My contention is that Richard Gere should spend three months in jail for his contribution to atrocities such as “Pretty Woman”, “The Jackal” and “Autumn in New York”.

    Whether Gere pecked her on the cheek or played full contact tonsil hockey with that Indian actress is, as far as I’m concerned, irrelevant. My view is that it’s a concurrent sentence.

    E-Bone
    PS – are you sure anyone doesn’t want more examples?

  8. Tobeylee

    OMG, are you people freaking serious???? I can’t believe that T-bone is the only one with any sense! I truly truly hope that none of you are in politics. I am all about respecting the differences of other cultures, but HELLO offending someone should not be punishable by prison in ANY COUNTRY! Prison is for when you hurt, maim, kill or steal. Jeesh, if it was JUST a fine then that would be understandable, but hello, Janet Jackson never went to jail for her “wardrobe malfunction” and it will be completely ridiculous for Richard Gere to serve time.

    P.S.E-bone, you should be smacked for not getting the absolute wonderfulness that is Pretty Woman!

  9. T-Bone

    E-Bone (you can change that name now, I get the jab)–

    I can attest to being T-Bone, but I simply cannot take the credit for being Arse. Wish I could.

    I agree with you on the movie deal, but I digress. The question still stands — do you actually think Richard Gere should spend time in jail for kissing a fellow actress friend at an AIDS awareness event ON THE CHEEK? Come on, well-traveled one, answer the question.

  10. Zoe

    First of all, the idea that somebody would say that kiss was “highly sexually erotic” is evidence enough that this is a bullshit ‘charge’ trumped up for media attention. Richard Gere has proven himself as a humantarian with deep respect for other cultures and this clearly was in no way intended as a slight to the Indian people. It’s one thing not to ask somebody back to an event because you don’t like their behavior (THAT would be appropriate), quite another to even explore the possibility of jailing them for three months. Perhaps this is all just a smokescreen to give conservative Indian politicians the opportunity to combat the rising tide of protest against sexual oppression.

  11. Crystal

    Good Lord… Stop attacking each other people. Its not like he has been arrested. It is highly unlikely he will be arrested. He will probably be fined $50 USD or something.

    We may not care much about the kiss, But obviously people in India. Whats right for us may be wrong for them and vice versa.

    I never once said it is right to produce an arrest warrant. What i am saying is just because its right for you, you cannot impose it to right to everyone around you. No one is denying Richards’s intentions, He is a genuine guy. He was probably just having some fun. But where he was having that fun made the big difference.

    I as a female cannot go to most middle eastern countries without wearing a purdah. Its my rights not to cover my face, But not if i am in middle east. I cannot abuse them if they arrest me for for not wearing a cloth over my face.

    If you think the country is crazy, Just dont go there. But after going there and doing things that they dont like, dont abuse them. Abusing each other is going to take us nowhere, but it just makes out character worse.

  12. Commentator formerly known as E-bone

    To wind down a few points (before tonight’s dinner at Nobu):

    (1)Tobeylee… if you can arrange that Crystal does the smacking, I’ll gladly endure through another viewing of Pretty Woman. Nothing better demonstrates the American Dream more than a fairytale of a street ‘ho securing the heart of a multi-millionaire! (oops… was I allowed to say “ho”?!)

    (2)T-Bone: My lifestyle & views allow for significantly more than a peck on the cheek without being chastised or jailed. However, if there was some law in that jurisdiction stating, “Aging humanitarian actors are forbidden to kiss PYT’s (pretty young things) in public” then sure… book ‘em Dan-O. However, as Zoe alluded, there’s not just a little probability that this 10 second celebrity news story is part media-grab & part attention grab for some local lawyer/politician.

    (3)Zoe/Tobey/Porterhouse – I think we can all agree that if Judge Dinesh Gupta thinks that those feeble (drunken?) kissies “transgressed all limits of vulgarity”, then it would be safe to assume that Mrs. Gupta hasn’t been getting too much of the good stuff at home these past years, no?

    Commentator formerly known as E-bone

  13. Commentator formerly known as E-bone

    To wind down a few points (before tonight’s dinner at Nobu):

    (1)Tobeylee… if you can arrange that Crystal does the smacking, I’ll gladly endure through another viewing of Pretty Woman. Nothing better demonstrates the American Dream more than a fairytale of a street ‘ho securing the heart of a multi-millionaire! (oops… was I allowed to say “ho”?!)

    (2)T-Bone: My lifestyle & views allow for significantly more than a peck on the cheek without being chastised or jailed. However, if there was some law in that jurisdiction stating, “Aging humanitarian actors are forbidden to kiss PYT’s (pretty young things) in public” then sure… book ‘em Dan-O. However, as Zoe alluded, there’s not just a little probability that this 10 second celebrity news story is part media-grab & part attention grab for some local lawyer/politician.

    (3)Zoe/Tobey/Porterhouse – I think we can all agree that if Judge Dinesh Gupta thinks that those feeble (drunken?) kissies “transgressed all limits of vulgarity”, then it would be safe to assume that Mrs. Gupta hasn’t been getting too much of the good stuff at home these past years, no?

    Commentator formerly known as E-bone

  14. sandie

    Indians are weird… there is nothing wrong with what Mr. Gere did. The girl looked happy, otherwise, she would it kicked his ass infront of everybody.

  15. mpc

    India & its people are twisted. Home of stinky skunks

  16. T-Bone

    For those of you who think Richard Gere should go to jail for this, because he was disrespectful to Indian law:

    Don’t call your AMERICAN attorney when you find yourselves in prison in India for holding your husband’s or partner’s hand and the kissing them good-bye on the cheek.

  17. Steak-um

    Exactly… you shouldn’t call your (italics added) AMERICAN lawyer because he or she will be busy defending you from your charges in America.

    What charges you ask? Well, those dastardly hetero couples who choose to cohabitate without getting married in North Carolina. Twenty two people where charged last year alone!

    Or worse yet (don’t tell Lisa Timmons!) is that oral $ex is still illegal in 19 of the 50 states. Jiminy Crickets!

    Whew. Good thing India is the only place that has super strict morality laws on their books! Not in AMERICA. No sir. Our country’s laws are PERFECT.

    Steak-um
    PS – buying a vibrator in Alabama, Mississppi, Indiana, Virginia, Louisana & Massechusetts will get you thrown in the slammer too. I hope all ASL readers have good lawyers!

  18. IndiansLoveAmericans

    The media in the West is spreading misinformation – ” India sues Gere”. It’s a small town judge in a very large country. They are not reporting how this Judge has been slammed by the legal community in India. Nothing’s gonna happen to Gere. Such ridiculous cases are brought to courts daily in India. It’s a free and diverse country. Chill guys. In a country of about a billion people and hundreds of towns and cities a few dozen rascals go out burning effigies on the streets of no more than four towns and the Guardian screams ‘ The Kiss that Shocked India ‘ or Jon Stewart on the Daily Show in USA- ” Protests Rock India “. Indians including Shilpa Shetty ( the actress in question ) didn’t care much about it. And please stop asking people to respect our ‘conservative’ culture. We ain’t no Saudi Arabia. We gave the world the Kamasutra, the sculptures of Khajuraho, the raunchy Bollywood movies and the annual Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar ( scantier clothed models than those in Victoria’s Secret’s calendar )

  19. aissie

    You all need to get a life.

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