Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty has been arrested in India over her infamous clinch with Richard Gere.

‘The Celebrity Big Brother’ winner shed tears after being stopped at Mumbai Airport, according to reports, on her way to the opening of the Miss Bollywood musical in Berlin.

Hollywood star Gere, 58, caused an outcry when he grabbed Shetty, 32, swept her backwards, and kissed her several times on the cheek at an Aids-awareness event earlier this year.

Crowds burned posters of the two stars in protest at the kiss. Conservative hard-line Hindus claimed that the pair violated the country's anti-obscenity laws.

Shetty was held at Mumbai Airport by immigration officials who had no record of a Supreme Court ruling which overturned a ban on her leaving the country. They said she was still wanted for obscenity charges over the kiss.

The star was only allowed today to join the dance troupe performing with her at the Miss Bollywood musical after prolonged questioning.

Her spokesman, Dale Bhagwagar, said: "She called me in the middle of the night and was in tears." Shetty said: "I can understand something like this if I'd committed a criminal offence.
But what was my offence, when I'm just an actor, going to perform a musical on foreign land."

After the April incident, a regional court in India issued an arrest warrant against Gere, star of films like ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Chicago’, and barred Shilpa from travelling abroad.

But its ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court.

Gere swooped down on Shetty after shouting in Hindi to thousands of truckers "No condom, no sex".

Shetty went on to defend the actor, saying "so much has been blown out of proportion", and Gere apologised for causing offence.