A group of photographers have filed a case against Russell Brand and his bodyguards after being allegedly assaulted earlier this weekend, according to the Associated Press.
Brand, who is in India to marry the love of his life Katy Perry on 23rd October, was enjoying a safari trip in the Ranthambhore region of India with his family and friends earlier the day. The incident took place when a friend of Russell, two men and a bodyguard allegedly clashed with the photographers (employed by AP, Reuters, Hindustan Times and Agence France-Press), who were on their way following Russell and his team and taking pictures.
The photographers claim one of the members of Russell’s team approached their vehicle, punched the driver in the face and took away the car keys.
Photographer Mustafa Quraishi who attempted to retrieve the keys, was then allegedly beaten, while two other photographers claim to have been assaulted while they approached to his rescue.
According to a witness Russell watched the incident from his jeep.
The incident has now been reported to the Ranthambhore police force. A statement from Ranthambhore police reads,“The photographers have filed an official complaint of assault and all witnesses, including Mr. Brand, will be questioned about this. Police officers will be going to the hotel… to advise the alleged perpetrators of an arrest and that a case has been filed.
“It is certainly not a good thing because an Indian photographer has been beaten up in his own country by a foreigner. The photographer would like an apology and if the perpetrator is willing to apologize then we can take back the case.”