Entertainment Pierce Brosnan threatened with jail time over Indian ad

18:21  14 february  2018
18:21  14 february  2018 Source:   New York Daily News

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It's not the plot of a James Bond movie — Pierce Brosnan is being threatened with jail time.

Indian officials are warning the actor that he could face two years behind bars if he doesn't provide an explanation for why he appeared in an advertisement promoting a company that sells mouth-freshening products, including some that contain tobacco, according to the BBC.

It's illegal to advertise tobacco products in India.

Brosnan — best known for portraying 007 in the James Bond films — was featured in the ad for Pan Bahar about 18 months ago, and has claimed in the past that his inclusion in the advertisement was "unauthorized."

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The specific Pan Bahar product that Brosnan's image was used to promote did not contain tobacco, but other goods sold by the company do, according to The Guardian.

In addition to the potential jail time, Brosnan, 64, could face a small fine.

Indian officials are giving Pierce Brosnan 10 days to explain his appearance in a controversial ad.© Danny Moloshok/Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP Indian officials are giving Pierce Brosnan 10 days to explain his appearance in a controversial ad.

Members of the health department in Delhi, India, say they've reached out to Brosnan seeking an explanation. He's being given 10 days to reply.

"We have issued the notice to Pierce Brosnan through the company, and also reached out to him via social media platforms," officials told the Indian Express newspaper.

Brosnan initially addressed his image appearing in the ad in October 2016 by stating he'd only signed on to promote one product — not the entire company — and that he was told the item he was promoting did not contain tobacco or other dangerous components.

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"As a man who has spent decades championing women's healthcare and environmental protection, I was distressed to learn of Pan Bahar's unauthorized and deceptive use of my image to endorse their range of pan masala products," Brosnon said statement at the time, according to People. "I would never have entered into an agreement to promote a product in India that is dangerous to one's health."

Brosnan also noted he'd lost his first wife, daughter and several friends to cancer.

Pan Bahar, meanwhile, refutes Brosnan's claims that the company deceived him. It also asserts the brand shouldn't be connected to tobacco and should instead be viewed as a mouth freshener.

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