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Rhode Island’s Olivia Culpo explains Taj Mahal incident

”I did say out loud at one point, ‘Isn’t this a little inappropriate?’ ” said Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, the Rhode Island native.

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”I did say out loud at one point, ‘Isn’t this a little inappropriate?’ ” said Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, the Rhode Island native.

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Nick Jonas’s girlfriend Olivia Culpo, reigning Miss Universe, Rhode Islander, and former Boston University student, has responded to claims that she violated the Indian Heritage Act by shooting an ad for shoes in front of the Taj Mahal. Police Inspector Sushant Gaur told the Associated Press that Culpo and her traveling group have been accused of shooting promotional content without the permission of the state-run Archaeological Survey of India. If the group is found guilty, they could be jailed for two years and fined $1,600, according to the AP. The Miss Universe Organization put out a statement saying that Culpo was simply keeping a video diary for fans. “As part of these videos, we sometimes incorporate sponsors into these shoots,” the organization explained. “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. We sincerely apologize for any unintentional harm our indiscretion and insensitivity may have caused.” Culpo told The Providence Journal on Thursday that she didn’t love the idea of posing with the shoes during her Taj visit. “I mean, I’m an employee of the Miss Universe organization and following directions given to me. . . . Honestly, I did say out loud at one point, ‘Isn’t this a little inappropriate?’ ”

Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.
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