Bollywood actress tear gassed during botched Paris robbery attempt

FILE PHOTO Mallika Sherawat arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
FILE PHOTO Mallika Sherawat arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

PARIS (AP) – The Paris prosecutor’s office says Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat and partner Cyrille Auxenfans were the targets of a botched robbery attempt involving tear gas in a posh area of the French capital.

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said Thursday that the incident happened last Friday night in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, when suspected robbers set off the tear gas but fled empty-handed. It’s unclear why they fled.

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

Thibault-Lecuivre says investigators think 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 Kim Kardashian reported being robbed at gunpoint in Paris.

 

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