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Stark reality

A few dark facts come tumbling out of Shilpa's closet. Read on.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2007 17:55 IST

Just when the glam doll Shilpa Shetty was basking in the glory of her new found 'reality' success and a royal meeting was arranged for the reality show with Queen Elizabeth II, a few shocking facts came tumbling out of the her closet.

Webs of controversies have suddenly surrounded the actress who was inudated with plum offers after her success at reality television show Celebrity Big Brother.

The beauty's parents Surendra and Sunanda Shetty have been charged with extortion. There have been stories of exploiting factory workers and money-grabbing actions.

A heartbroken wife has accused Shilpa for the disintegration of her marriage.

Also, a heartbroken wife has accused Shilpa for the disintegration of her marriage and a manager is claiming he was dumped the moment she won

Big Brother

and has called in a legal representative.

Shilpa, however, has denied these allegation and has insisted that she has been framed.

“I've been framed. Do you think I am capable of doing what I am accused of,” Daily Mail quoted her, as saying.

A conversation taped has revealed that her parents’ hired gangsters to extort money from the businessman.

A few days after this conversation, Shilpa’s parents were arrested on charges of extortion. The case is due again sometime this year, and if found guilty the couple could face imprisonment up to seven years.

It is not only the case of extortion, but also stories of the Shetty’s exploiting workers in their factory Esco, which makes caps for aluminium bottles in the suburb of Mumbai, that are enmeshing the actress’s family.

However Surendra Shetty insisted that he treated the workers ‘like his own children’.

First Published: Feb 18, 2007 11:00 IST