40-year-old Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat has been assaulted in Paris, in the same district that Kim Kardashian West robbed and held at gunpoint in September

The actor and her partner told police that they were ambushed in the lobby of the chic apartment building they were staying in, located in the 16th arrondissement of the French capital.

The three men were attempting to steal her handbag. 

Sherawat was punched in the face, and the pair were both sprayed with teargas. 

However, the robbers didn’t end up taking the handbag, and left the scene empty-handed – which has reportedly left investigators ‘mystified’. 

“We cannot understand why the attackers fled without taking anything,” a source in the investigation told AFP.

Sherawat, an outspoke feminist, is became a prominent figure in the Bollywood industry after starring in a film that attempted to break taboos about sex in the very conservative Indian film industry. 

We’ll update this story as more information arises. 

Source: The Guardian

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