Claims that a Bollywood actress had sex with troops while touring a military base in Afghanistan were under investigation, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Thursday.
Rudd was reluctant to comment on the sex scandal claims surrounding London-based Australian actress Tania Zaetta —who has denied the allegations—saying it was best left to Australia’s defence department.
“As I understand it, these matters are under investigation within the defence department and I will leave it for that investigation to reach its own conclusions,” Rudd told reporters.
The allegations surround a tour to Australian military bases in Afghanistan last month undertaken by Zaetta and a number of other entertainers.
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that unsubstantiated claims Zaetta had sex with troops at one of the bases were detailed in a departmental briefing note prepared for Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon.
Zaetta was the co-host of 1990s TV show Who Dares Wins, which is also the motto of the Australian SAS. Her latest Bollywood release was Mr. Black, Mr. White.
She has strenuously denied the allegations, describing them as “ridiculous” and “hurtful.” The actress said she wanted an apology from the defence department and feared the scandal could derail her Bollywood career.
“In an industry, being Bollywood, where it’s taken me pretty much 10 years to get a look in there and two years of having to move into India, a pretty damn tough country to move into as a single foreigner girl ... when things like this get into countries like that, it’s not taken lightly.