A Bollywood star and her lover have been tear gassed and punched by masked intruders inside their Paris apartment block, police have said.
The attack on Mallika Sherawat, 40, comes just a month after reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her own flat in the City of Light.
The Indian model and her French lover, 45-year-old Cyrille Auxenfans, had arrived at the businessman’s residential building in the exclusive 16th arrondissement at about 9.30pm last Friday.
Once inside the pair were set upon by an unknown number of attackers wearing scarves across their faces who “without saying a word, sprayed their victims with tear gas before punching them”, Le Parisien reported.
The attackers then ran away, leaving the shocked couple to call the emergency services.
A criminal investigation has been launched, with detectives working on the theory that the assailants were attempting a robbery.
An Indian sex symbol acclaimed for her roles in a number of Bollywood films, Ms Sherawat is also an outspoken feminist who frequently complains about attacks on women in her own country.
While promoting her film Bachelorette India two years ago, she called India “regressive” compared to countries such as the USA.
She later explained: “I made a conscious decision to divide my time between Los Angeles, America and India. Read in full