The 40-year-old, who has appeared in English-language film Politics of Love and TV show Hawaii Five-0, returned to her apartment building in the upmarket 16th arrondissement of the French capital with an unidentified male friend around 9.30pm local time on Friday (11Nov16) and they were both attacked by three criminals who wore scarves over their faces.

According to newspaper Le Parisien, the intruders “without saying a word, sprayed their victims with tear gas before punching them”. They subsequently ran away and Sherawat, real name Reema Lamba, and her pal called the emergency services.

Police have launched a criminal investigation and detectives are working on the theory the three criminals were attempting a robbery.

The incident comes after reality TV star Kim Kardashian was the victim of an armed robbery in the 8th arrondissement of the city at the start of October (16). She was bound and gagged and held at gunpoint in the apartment she was staying in as thieves grabbed jewellery and cell phones.