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Shilpa Shetty: Indian actress acquitted of 'indecent' offense after kissing Richard Kerin

Shilpa Shetty: Indian actress acquitted of ‘indecency’ after kiss from Richard Gere

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The kiss at the time sparked protests by extremist Hindu groups, who considered it an insult to Indian values

An Indian court has finally acquitted Shilpa Shetty of indecent charges 15 years after actor Richard Gere kissed a Bollywood star on stage.

Footage from 2007 showed the Hollywood star kissing Shetty’s cheek at an AIDS awareness event in Delhi.

It has only now been ruled that the charges are “baseless”, with the court saying she was the victim of an unwanted initiative.

At the time, the kiss sparked protests by extremist Hindu groups, who considered it an affront to Indian values.