Miss Universe in trouble over Taj Mahal photo shoot

Associated Press photo by ANUPAM NATH -- Miss Universe Olivia Culpo,  center, holds a placard Saturday as she stands with Assam state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, second right, during a campaign  'Value the Girl Child' in Gauhati, India. Culpo is on her tour to India to promote and propagate issues celebrating the girl child, women empowerment and AIDS awareness in various states of India.
Associated Press photo by ANUPAM NATH -- Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, center, holds a placard Saturday as she stands with Assam state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, second right, during a campaign 'Value the Girl Child' in Gauhati, India. Culpo is on her tour to India to promote and propagate issues celebrating the girl child, women empowerment and AIDS awareness in various states of India.

LUCKNOW, India — Indian police have filed a case against Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo, for an unauthorized fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, India’s white-marble monument to love, a police officer said Thursday.

Police Inspector Sushant Gaur said Culpo and others in her group are accused of violating India’s Heritage Act. Culpo, from Cranston, Rhode Island, was on a 10-day visit to India.

He said they shot a commercial for footwear at the Taj Mahal on Sunday without the permission of the state-run Archaeological Survey of India. Police acted on a complaint received from the ASI on Thursday, Gaur said.

If found guilty, they can be jailed for up to two years and fined 100,000 rupees ($1,600), Guar said.

Indian police file a case as a first step in investigating a complaint. They formally charge a suspect in court at the end of the investigation.

Indian media said commercial activity is banned on the premises of the Taj Mahal, a World Heritage Site.

Culpo posed for photographs wearing one sandal, holding another in her hand and keeping another pair on the bench she was sitting on, Guar said.

Culpo left India on Sunday night. A representative in India declined to comment.