Friday, March 14, 2008
DICKIE-G IS NOT OBSCENE
India's Supreme Court has cleared Richard Gere of obscenity charges for kissing and mauling actress Shilpa Shetty in public last year.
As you may recall, public displays of affection in India are verboten - unless it's two boys of course.
From the BBC:
The judges said the court believed that such complaints (against celebrities) were "frivolous" and filed for "cheap publicity".
The complainants "have brought a bad name to the country", the court said.
In 2007, a court in the western state of Rajasthan ordered the arrest of Gere for sweeping Shetty into his arms at an Aids awareness event in New Delhi.
It also wanted the actress to appear in court over charges that she did not resist Gere's advances. Two other similar cases were filed.
Shetty shot into the global limelight after being the victim of alleged racist bullying and insults on the UK's Celebrity Big Brother. She went on to win the contest.
The full story is here.