Katy Perry probably doesn't know the first thing about cricket (even after being married to Russell Brand), which might explain why, during an April performance at the opening of India's Premier League, she sought a little onstage guidance from a pro. And now, that lesson has landed her in hot water.
Yes, according to U.K. tabloid The Sun, Perry now faces an indecency charge in India stemming from a moment during her show when she brought Australian cricketer Doug Bollinger onstage to demonstrate the proper technique for swinging a bat. Bollinger cozied up behind her and gripped her microphone, a seemingly innocuous gesture that so angered a lawyer in attendance that he filed a charge against the pair — and an Indian court is set to hear the case.
That lawyer, K. Jebakumar, claims the gesture — and subsequent hip-shaking dance the two shared — was "obscene and lascivious," and "distracted students who were writing exams at the time." Following the performance, Jebakumar filed a claim with the Madras High Court, stating that Perry and Bollinger committed offenses under India's Indecent Representation of Woman Act. According to local press, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla were also cited in the complaint.
Currently, neither Perry nor Bollinger has actually been charged with indecency, and neither is required to appear when the court considers the claim July 31. A spokesperson for Perry did not respond to MTV News' request for comment on the matter by press time.