Olivia Culpo In Legal Trouble After Taj Mahal Photoshoot

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Olivia Culpo could be in some legal trouble for an unauthorized photoshoot at the Taj Mahal.

Culpo, the reigning Miss Universe, was criticized earlier this week for using the majestic building as the backdrop for a footwear fashion shoot. Now police say that they have filed a case against Culpo.

According to Fox News, Culpo did not get permission from the Archaeological Survey of India to shoot the commercial. The ASI filed a complaint against Culpo and now she faces a fine or even prison time.

Police Inspector Sushant Gaur said that Culpo may be guilty of violating India’s Heritage Act which forbids commercial activity at the Taj Mahal and other historic sites.

The beauty queen could be sentenced to two years in prison if she is found guilty. She may also be fined 100,000 rupees (about $1600).

Yahoo News reports that Indian officials have not officially charged Culpo with a crime yet. They are currently investigating the complaint and will file charges once the investigation is complete.

Culpo hasn’t commented on the pending legal issues but she did post a photo of the Taj Majal on Instagram saying that the landmark was absolutely beautiful.

Culpo writes: “We made it to the Taj Mahal. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen!!!! So amazing.”

The Miss Universe Organization released a statement in defense of Culpo saying that the Taj Mahal shoot was never meant for commercial use.

The organization said: “Throughout her reign, the Miss Universe Organization continually creates video diaries of our titleholder to keep fans and sponsors up to date on her travels and to share in the experience… As part of these videos, we sometimes incorporate sponsors into these shoots. The filming that took place outside the Taj Mahal was never intended to be used as a commercial nor was it meant in any way to be disrespectful.”