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De Niro sought as potential witness in India rape probe Police ask Hollywood actor for info

 NEW YORK, Feb 19, (RTRS): Police in India are asking Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro for help with their investigation into sexual assault allegations against journalist Tarun J. Tejpal. A female colleague accused Tejpal of assaulting her in a hotel elevator during a conference for his magazine Tehelka, according to a report by Al Jazeera.

Part of her work at the conference had involved escorting De Niro and his daughter to various events. Police have asked De Niro for information, but have not been able to talk to him because of his travel schedule, the New York Times reports.

De Niro was in New York City on Monday, making a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” A representative for De Niro did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Initially, Tejpal apologized to his accuser for his conduct in a letter in which he blamed “an awful misreading of the situation.”

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