Olivia Culpo could be facing up to two years in prison after Indian police filed a case against the 2012 Miss Universe for an unauthorized photo shoot at the Taj Mahal.
According to Salon, Police Inspector Sushant Gaur said Culpo, 21, and a group of people violated India’s Heritage Act, which protects monuments like the Taj Mahal, while doing a fashion shoot. Culpo, who was on a 10-day visit to India, reportedly shot a footwear commercial at the Taj Mahal on Sunday.
Taj caretaker Munazzar Ali told Mumbai-based tabloid Mid-Day that the shoot, particularly the bench used (known as the Diana seat after the late princess sat on it in 1992), "amounts to disrespect and insult."
The brunette beauty reportedly posed wearing one red high-heel sandal and held another in her hand, the New York Daily News reported. Culpo also had another pair sitting beside her on a bench she was sitting on at the Taj Mahal.
The report said the Cranston, R.I., native did the photo shoot without the permission of the state-run Archaeological Survey of India. Police received the complaint on Thursday and filed the case the same day.
"There are strict guidelines against any sort of branding and promotion at Taj Mahal, and the photo shoot conducted was without any prior permission," N.K. Pathak of the Agra unit of ASI told AFP.
Salon reported that if Culpo and company are found guilty of violating the Heritage Act, they can face two years in jail and be fined 100,000 rupees ($1,600), according to Gaur.
Culpo reportedly left India on Sunday night and has yet to respond to the claims.
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