A court in Jaipur has issued a non bailable arrest warrant against Hollywood actor Richard Gere for "indulging in an obscene act" when he planted kisses on Indian actor Shilpa Shetty during an AIDS function in Delhi. The court, after hearing complainant Poonam Chand Bhandari, and watching the original video recording of the function showing Gere kissing Shilpa, prima facie found him guilty. "The court has asked police to arrest and produce him before the court May 5," advocate Bhandari told IANS here. The court also issued summons to Shilpa Shetty asking her to be present in the court May 5, Bhandari said. The statements of Gere and Shilpa will be recorded on that day. Bhandari had filed a complaint April 14 in the court accusing both the film personalities of committing "an obscene act" in a public place under the Indian Penal Code.Under the IPC the accused are liable for imprisonment for a term extending to three months or fine or both.
Times Square Gossip caught up with one of Broadway's hottest Indian Actor, BOBBY ABID and he has some things to say about the Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty WILD KISS DRAMA. Bobby Said, "Bollywood and Hollywood actors are human beings. We all have been strangers in a strange land and perhaps have made innocent cultural mistakes. The most important matter at hand (and the reason why the two actors were on stage together in the first place) is the pervasive HIV epidemic in India that has made it the largest HIV-infected country in the world. The last time I checked HIV/AIDS was a much more taboo subject than PDA's in ANY culture. Gere and Shetty should be applauded for their commitment to quelling this very serious global disease rather than vilified for an "incident" that was clearly accidental and unintentional."