Paris: Actress Mallika Sherawat was tear-gassed and beaten up by masked intruders in Paris last weekend, report international websites. British tabloid Daily Mail reports that Mallika and her French fiance Cyrille Auxenfans were attacked in their apartment, close to the hotel where reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gun-point in October.
However, Mallika’s Twitter feed contains no reference to the alleged attack – not only has the 40-year-old actress been posting as per usual (she tweeted from the Taj Mahal earlier today), she appears to have been in Geneva on November 12, a day after the foreign press says she was assaulted in Paris.
Daily Mail and French publication Le Parisien report that the assailants wore scarves over their faces and ‘sprayed their victims with tear gas before punching them.’ The attackers then escaped, after which Mallika and Cyrille called emergency services.
Oddly enough, Mallika tweeted the next day about being in Geneva for the weekend. Police is reportedly investigating.
Mallika Sherawat, who is a regular at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, ‘consciously’ divides her time between India and Los Angeles. She also spends much of her time in Paris, other than the annual visit she makes to Cannes. In 2013, she told Variety that she feels her home country is a “regressive” society and is depressed by the way women are treated.
Mallika Sherawat debuted in Bollywood with 2003 film Khwahish and later starred in films like Murder, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Ugly Aur Pagli and Double Dhamaal.
Her first Hollywood film, Hisss, released in 2009. It was directed by Jennifer Lynch. She later starred opposite Jackie Chan in 2010 project The Myth. Her last film was the Chinese production Time Raiders while her last Bollywood film was Dirty Politics, which released last year.