Saturday 18 November 2017

Tear gas used on actress during botched Paris robbery

File photo, actress Mallika Sherawat (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
File photo, actress Mallika Sherawat (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File) Newsdesk Newsdesk

A Bollywood actress and her partner were the targets of a robbery attempt involving tear gas in an upmarket area of the French capital, the Paris prosecutor's office says.

The incident happened to Mallika Sherawat and Cyrille Auxenfans last Friday night in Paris' 16th arrondissement, Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said. Suspected robbers set off the tear gas but fled empty-handed, she said.

Ms Thibault-Lecuivre said Ms Sherawat was not thought to have been physically harmed in the incident, but probably inhaled the tear gas fumes.

She said investigators think Mr Auxenfans was attacked, but the couple refused to see a doctor to assess possible injuries.

A criminal inquiry has been opened into the incident.

The case comes six weeks after US reality star Kim Kardashian reported being robbed at gunpoint in Paris.

Press Association

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