X

India: Let's Jail Miss Universe for Taj Mahal Photo Shoot

Olivia Culpo shot a shoe commercial there
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 11, 2013 3:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Indian police have filed a case against Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo, for an unauthorized fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, India's white-marble monument to love, a police officer said today. Police Inspector Sushant Gaur said Culpo and others in her group are accused of violating India's Heritage Act. Culpo, from Cranston, Rhode Island, was on a 10-day visit to India; Gaur says she shot a commercial for footwear at the Taj Mahal on Sunday without the permission of the state-run Archaeological Survey of India.

story continues below

Indian media said commercial activity is banned on the premises of the Taj Mahal, a World Heritage Site. Police acted on a complaint received from the ASI today, Gaur said. If found guilty, they can be jailed for up to two years and fined $1,600. Indian police file a case as a first step in investigating a complaint. They formally charge a suspect in court at the end of the investigation. Culpo left India on Sunday night. Speaking to the Providence Journal, she expressed regret over the photo shoot. "Honestly, I did say out loud at one point, 'Isn't this a little inappropriate?'" Culpo said. (Read more Olivia Culpo stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X