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"Vulgar" Richard Gere -- India's Most Wanted

4/26/2007 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Richard Gere is in even more hot vindaloo over that public kiss he planted on a Bollywood star last week.

Today, an Indian court issued a warrant for his arrest, and now Gere could face up to three months in prison for his PDA if convicted.

Judge Dinesh Gupta issued the warrants in Jaipur, according to the Press Trust of India, saying that Gere and actress Shilpa Shetty "transgressed all limits of vulgarity" during their appearance at an HIV/AIDS event, captured on tape. Judge Gupta also called the TV footage "highly sexually erotic," and slammed Shetty for not resisting Gere's "advances."

As we showed you last week, angry Indian throngs have burned Gere in effigy to protest the incident, though Shetty has defended Gere's behavior.

It's not clear what Gere plans to do in response, though he's been a frequent visitor to India to support a number of health and social causes.

Gere, through his rep, had no statement to make.

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tinkerbell    

First of all, a kiss on the cheek is not "highly sexually erotic". I read that they put pictures of this on all the front pages of the newspapers there. I understand it's a different culture and this kind of thing is offensive to them, but then why print the pictures?? Just to piss off more people? I dont understand why they keep bringing it up and showing it if they dont like it.

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Indychart    

Gere is just another old goat looking for some free touchy-feely from a beautiful young actress. It was a vulgar display no matter what country they were in. It's a wonder that poor Ms. Shetty could restrain herself from vomiting after such a hideous act. As she said at the time, "This is too much!"
Gere showed her no real respect in what he did. What an overgrown, idiotic, has-been, ogre. As far as burning effigies of him, if Gere wants to be known as such a decent fellow and follower of Eastern spirituality, he needs to respect the same customs in such countries. He should have knwon better. The first thing he needs to do is to issue a real, heartfelt apology to Ms. Shetty for his thoughtless and crude acts towards her. She is the innocent one here and now faces lots of anger towards her in her home country. Gere is an ass. He lives in a vacumn obviously.

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sharon    

tinkerbell -

It isn't what WE feel is "highly erotic". It's their country, their culture.

My beef is that they are going to impose a sentence on Shilpa Shetty, the innocent and SURPRISED victim!

Not to mention - How much more erotic and provocative can all those BOLLYWOOD movies be??? They are tantamount to soft porn!!

HYPOCRITS!!!!!

2684 days ago
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HFD    

It doesn't matter that Gere visits India a lot - he obviously hasn't really been exposed to the culture's customs - you do NOT kiss in public, even if it's with your wife. That's just how it is, and it's unfortunate Gere goofed up in such a public situation.

2684 days ago
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Karen Walker    

If he has been there many times before, then he should have known this would upset people. I guess maybe he figured that since they were there discussing sex and AIDS, people would be more openminded. And maybe the audience was, but once it the papers, it was game over for Richard Gere.

2684 days ago
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Gia    

What a bunch of whackos. Surprised these idiots didn't behead him right then and there. Hope the young lady isn't stoned to death. Vulgar display? You've GOT to be kidding me. Idiots

2684 days ago
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angel46    

Indians know the American culture very well. They know he did not mean anything offensive by his actions, even tho they were over the top. He must have been very "happy" that day. As for him being a "has been", he could get just about any woman on earth he wanted. Yes, he should have known better, but anyone can get "carried away" and make a mistake. India, please accept his apology.

2684 days ago
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Seriously    

I'm surprised he wasn't aware of the culture.
Other countries are fanatical about certain things and you can get
yourself whacked if your not careful.

2684 days ago
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sapphire    

THIS IS UTTERLY RIDICULOUS!!! AGREE WITH #2

2684 days ago
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Just my opinion    

This is ridiculous! And why an arrest warrant for both of them? He kissed her, if you are going to defend your culture, at least defend the so-called "victim" of this crime. Goodness, I don't like putting other cultures down, but this is just plain stupid.

It's okay to beat and kill your wife if she looks at another man, but an actress raising money for your welfare and safety should be burned in effigy when she is kissed ON THE CHEEK by a man?

2684 days ago
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Karen Walker    

For all of you ignorant morons who condem a country because their culture is different than ours, please do yourself and America a favor..........never leave these borders. Its morons like you that go to other countries and make fun etc.......and in the end give America a bad name. Try not to show how stupid you are on a global scale, just stay here and remain ignorant. And if you want to be really good citizens, stay in the house, so you can spare Americans your stupidity.

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Robert    

I am wondering if Real Estate is up or down in India. I can't wait to move there.

2684 days ago
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Your Choice to be Famous    

OK, Cows are gods and kisses are rape in that country. Got it. They need more education than just AIDS related topics. Screw it. I'm sick of honoring every other whacked out "sensiblity" of other countries when their expatriots come over here and expect us to bend over and never eat another ham sandwich in a public cafeteria again for fear of offending the whacked out custom they were stupid enough to bring with them in the first place. Keep your ignorance and "sensibilities" in your own countries. Anyone with REAL tolerance and global understanding, come on over! And until then, why don't we Americans just keep our socially concious, $$$-donating do-gooders on our shores and let the rest of the world keep their "sensibilities" and their deal with their own problems, without our $$$. Yeah, good luck with that!

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jr    

He should have been more aware of their cultures and laws. yes I believe it is all wacked out to make such a big deal over and to have a warrent for his arrest? But it is their country and their laws. I guess he just better not go back and they can forget any more support from him for anything!

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Jamie    

Don't be a jerk, Diana. They are entitled to their opinions just as much as you are. By throwing mean things out like that you're only lowering yourself to thier level, and that is ignorant.

When you go to another country you need to understand and respect their culture. End of story. He should apologize to her and to India.

People from India are actually quite nice, I know many from the university I attend. Don't insult an entire culture if you don't know anyone from that culture. Three of my closest friends (one of which I live with) are from India...born there, not here.

I think it's awful the poor girl is being attacked over there, though. And I don't think that an arrest is necessary. With as much as he has done in healthcare, and as many of thier people they send over here to go to school for healthcare, they should be more careful not to bite a friendly hand....

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