Just six week after an attack on American reality TV star Kim Kardashian, Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat was reportedly tear-gassed and beaten up by three masked men in her Paris apartment block.
According to a report that first appeared in Le Parisien, Sherawat, who has been making inroads into international films, was attacked by three masked intruders who, ‘without saying a word, sprayed their victims with tear gas before punching them’.
The 40-year-old actress and her French boyfriend, Cyrille Auxenfans immediately call emergency services for help.
According to a friend of Sherawat, who spoke to CNN but did not wish to be named, she was left shaken but not seriously hurt. The attack took place on rue de la Faisanderie, an upscale neighbourhood, where Auxenfans, a businessman, lives.
“She and her boyfriend got out of their car and they were entering the building but the doors took time to shut and had not shut when three masked men attacked them,” said the friend.
“They sprayed them with tear gas and pushed her to the ground and started hitting her boyfriend. One of them tried to grab her bag, but she pushed them away and started yelling and screaming. After a bit of a struggle they ran away,” she added.
However, investigators said they were mystified that although the attackers had tried to take Sherawat’s handbag, they had fled empty-handed.
“We cannot understand why the attackers fled without taking anything,” a source in the investigation told AFP.
According to a report, “A criminal investigation has been launched, with detectives working on the theory that the assailants were attempting a robbery.”