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    A court issued arrest warrants for Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Thursday, saying their kiss at a public function "transgressed all limits of vulgarity," media reports said.

    Judge Dinesh Gupta issued the warrants in the northwestern city of Jaipur after a local citizen filed a complaint charging that the public display of affection offended local sensibilities, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

    Gupta earlier viewed television footage of the event, which he called "highly sexually erotic," saying the pair violated India's strict public obscenity laws.

    Gere and Shetty "transgressed all limits of vulgarity and have the tendency to corrupt the society," PTI quoted the judge as saying.

    Such cases against celebrities often filed by publicity seekers are common in conservative India. They add to a backlog of legal cases that has nearly crippled the country's judicial system.

    Gere left India shortly after the kissing incident and it was not immediately clear how the warrant would affect him.

    Gere is a frequent visitor to India, promoting health issues and the cause of Tibetan exiles. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has his headquarters in the north Indian town of Dharmsala.

    Under Indian law a person convicted of public obscenity faces up to three months in prison, a fine, or both.

    Last week, crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of the 57-year-old star of "An Officer and a Gentleman," "American Gigolo" and "Pretty Woman" after he embraced Shetty and kissed her several times on her cheeks during an HIV/AIDS awareness event in the Indian capital.

    Photographs of the clinch were then splashed across front pages in India where public displays of affection are largely taboo.

    The judge lambasted Shetty for not resisting Gere's kisses and ordered her to appear in his court May 5, PTI said. A spokesman for Shetty declined comment.

    The event's organizer, Parmeshwar Godrej, called the controversy a distraction from more important issues.

    "It has detracted from and undermined the value and success of the event, which was concerned with creating AIDS awareness and promoting AIDS prevention among truck drivers," CNN-IBN quoted her as saying.

    Shetty, 31, has said the embrace was not obscene and that the media should instead focus on HIV/AIDS awareness.

    "I understand this is his culture, not ours. But this was not such a big thing or so obscene for people to overreact in such manner," she told PTI last week.

    "I understand people's sentiments, but I don't want a foreigner to take bad memories from here," PTI quoted her as saying.

    Shetty, already well-known in India, became an international star after her appearance on the British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother" another controversial public appearance. A fellow contestant, Jade Goody, sparked international headlines by making allegedly racist comments to Shetty. Mobs took to the streets of India to denounce Goody, and Shetty went on to win the competition.

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    India must not have much to worry about.

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    Yes because they have so little else to worry about like, oh i dunno, millions of starving beggars on their streets.
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    This is so stupid. India has a booming sex worker population, AIDS is soaring, and husbands are excused when they cat around. Condoms are discouraged because it's an admission of sex and even when they're donated free of charge to prostitutes, the women still won't use them.

    A kiss on the cheek is the least of India's problems.
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    omg, is this the most important thing they have to worry about? He greeted her with a kiss. It isn't like he dry humped her leg or somethng. They are seriously repressed and need help.



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    .....did you see the tape? He actually was dry humping her....bent her overbackwards and was sucking on her neck as he did so......it WAS waaaaay over the top......I call it "overcompensation".......he MUST prove he is hetero......every chance he gets......

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    Richard Gere's a douche anyway. I wouldn't mind seeing him get arrested.

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    I saw the tape and that "kiss" is a little bit over the top. I guess in a western country he could have been sued for harassment as she was trying to escape or at least it looks like.
    Well I don't say he should be arrested but his behavior wasn't quite right.
    it is on youtube as well, low-quality
    YouTube - Famous Shilpa Shetty Richard Gere Hug N Kiss

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    ^^thanks, Redcat, I'm not easily shocked, but Mr. Gere has traveled enough to know that what he did was not only shocking to his audience, but would be offensive and repulsive.......

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    Watched the tape again. Ok, she looks uncomfortable. She looks like she is being pawed against her will. He should have been slapped, maybe even given a nutcracker treatment, but arrest for vulgarity, I have to say is a wee bit extreme.



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    Erg, hadn't seen the tape. Doesn't change my mind about India's AIDS crisis but he was way over the top. He shoulda just kissed her on the hand and left it at that. The dipping and humping- too much.
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    Oh, what's a little dryhumping. It's not like he pulled a gerbil out of his pocket or something.
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    big deal to even deal with!

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