De Niro Sought As Witness In India Assault Investigation

(Undated) -- Police in India are seeking actor Robert De Niro's help with an assault investigation involving a high-profile Indian journalist. A woman assigned to escort the Oscar winner and his daughter during a conference in India last November claims editor Tarun Tejpal raped her during an encounter in a hotel elevator. Tejpal, an award-winning reporter and novelist, has been in prison since last fall. He initially apologized to his accuser for his conduct. Tejpal could face prison time if convicted.
According to "The New York Times," investigators have not succeeded in getting in touch with De Niro because of his travel schedule. The actor appeared as a drop-in guest on Monday night's premiere of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in New York.