Gere Goes Free

Devout Buddhist Richard Gere, who regularly travels to India, was facing obscenity charges for his kiss heard ’round the world. Last year, at an AIDS fundraiser in New Delhi, the actor swooped up one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Shilpa Shetty, and planted a few kisses on her cheek and hand. But the bigger dip appeared to be Gere, whose controversial smooth moves are considered vulgar by traditional Indian culture. While the stunning stunt caused public protests and uproar, at his trial yesterday, the Supreme Court graciously threw the case against Gere out citing cultural differences. The Justices just slapped him on the wrist, saying his actions were for publicity and brought a “bad name” on the country. Sounds like they’re not too impressed by the American Gigolo-act. [Reuters]