It seems like the court system in India is treating Richard Gere as if he just committed a horrible, murderous crime. An Indian judge recently issued a warrant out for the actor's arrest after he was seen publicly swapping saliva - okay, okay, their mouths were closed - with Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.
The affectionate gesture of kissing is considered "an obscene act" in the conservative country, if it's done outside the privacy of your own home. Unfortunately for Richard, the incident got out of control when a lawyer reared his big head and began complaining that such an act is illegal as far as he's concerned.
Judge Dinesh Gupta agreed and, according to Life Style Extra, said the smooching scene was "highly sexually erotic" and "transgressed all limits of vulgarity."
But Shetty thinks considers that an outrage. She recently said people need to stop making a big deal about something so silly - not to mention natural. PTI quotes her as saying, "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 added, "I understand people's sentiments, but I don't want a foreigner to take bad memories from here."
ABC news reports that those convicted of public obscenity may face time in jail - up to three months - while also being required to pay a fine.