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Jolie's bodyguards arrested in scuffle


Indian police arrested three British bodyguards working for Angelina Jolie yesterday after they allegedly roughed up parents and students at a Mumbai school where the star was filming scenes for her latest movie, police said.

The bodyguards shoved children and their parents and called them "bloody Indians" at an Islamic school on Thursday.

Police said that they had received a complaint.

The fracas took place at the the Anjuman-e-Islam school.

"Some people have made a complaint but I still don't know if they are the parents of the students," Brajesh Singh, Mumbai's deputy commissioner of police, told Reuters. "Appropriate action will be taken."

"They are all British nationals. They face charges of making threats and insults to religion," Singh said.

Angry parents told reporters they were threatened by the bodyguards when they tried to collect their children.

"The guards of the stars threatened the parents that they should not come in," one angry father said.

Dallington TV, the British production company that organized the shoot, blamed the scuffle on photographers and television cameramen that it said rushed the school to get pictures of Jolie.

"We had the full permission and cooperation of the school to film on the premises," a statement said.

"Unfortunately, our arrival was impeded by the paparazzi waiting at the gates of the school. When the gates were opened to allow the parents in to collect their children, the paparazzi rushed [into] the school causing confusion."

Police identified the bodyguards as Thomas McAdam, 47, Robert Dunn, 35, and Michael Brett, 50.

It was the latest in a string of confrontations that Jolie's bodyguards have been involved in.

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