MUMBAI, Sep 8 2017: Two photographers were beaten up late Thursday night for clicking pictures of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra at a restaurant om Mumbai.
Shetty and Kundra were spotted Bastion restaurant in Bandra and were posing for newspersons. After the couple left, the restaurant bouncers got in a scuffle with the photographers and beat up two of them. Two restaurant bouncers have been booked in the case.
The actress on her part expressed regret over the incident. "OMG, appalled and disappointed at the way these photographers were bashed up. Really unnecessary. I even posed for them before I left and the next thing I knew, they got into fisticuffs violently when I left. Feel bad for the paps they stand for hours sometimes for a shot.
They are part of my fraternity and no one needs to be beaten for doing his job," Shilpa said in a statement on Instagram.
The management of Bastion too apologised for the incident. "We’re saddened and shocked by the incident that took place outside Bastian last night. We have celebrities and well-known guests visiting us frequently, and every experience has so far been smooth. During last night’s incident, the people involved were personnel of Tough Security who are hired for Bastian via external vendors – as is the practice, the security agency assigns their personnel to us and other establishments based on who is available that day. All the Bastian staff, as well as the management, was inside in the restaurant on the second floor at the time of the incident – we were made aware of the same a while after it began. This was a highly unfortunate situation that escalated beyond anything we could have imagined," it said.
As soon as the Bastian team found out, we took remedial measures to get things under control. "We are changing security agencies today as we do not want to take the risk of this happening again, as well as personally apologising to the media involved. We are also collecting all information so that we are able to offer to take care of any and all medical bills that may have resulted due to this incident," the statement said.