Russell Brand Returns to Tiger Sanctuary Where He First Proposed

Celebrity News Oct. 22, 2010 AT 5:06PM
Russell Brand Returns to Tiger Sanctuary Where He First Proposed Credit: REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Landov

The day before tying the knot with Katy Perry, Russell Brand took wedding guests on a tour of the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan -- the same spot where he popped the question this past December.

It wasn't a completely smooth ride.

Four news photographers Friday said they were punched by two of Brand's bodyguards. Wildlife photographer Aditya Singh, 44, who was following the group and saw the assault, tells UsMagazine.com:

"The bodyguards started pushing the photographers around, one of them got hit on the head and was bleeding. Then the huge guy jumped straight into the photographers’ jeep, landing a kick aimed at the photographer’s head.

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"At this point, the bodyguards’ guide got off the jeep and tried to stop the fight," Singh goes on. "Out of nowhere forest officials arrived and tried to stop the fight but the big bodyguard kept on kicking and punching.

"Brand saw half of it before being driven away," says Singh. "He looked horrified."]

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After 10 minutes, the fight ended and the bodyguards drove off.

Narayan Dan, an office at the Ranthambore police station, tells Us: "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 tomorrow 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."

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