Dominique Desseigne is Mallika Sherawat's mystery man

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18:  Actress Mallika Sher...
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Mallika Sherawat didn't expect she would invite trouble when she tweeted a picture of her taking off to Versailles from Cannes in a private jet

The actress put up a photo saying, 'taking off for Versailles in my friends private plane'. However, ever since that post she's been flooded with queries about the identity of her 'friend' and allegations that he's sponsoring all her trips and events abroad.

A furious Mallika reacts to this and says, "This is ridiculous! I am fed up of these nasty rumours and people asking me strange kind of questions. Why can't a woman be successful on her own? Why does she need a man in her life to reach a certain position? I don't need a man to take care of me, thank you! I am capable of pampering my needs and am happy to be on my own. I don't need to be dependant on any man for anything."

What about allegations that her stay in the US and trips to Cannes have been funded by a 'special friend'? "This is so juvenile and downright absurd. Why can't people see a woman reach a powerful position on her own? Why does there always have to be a man behind her success ? I find all this highly amusing!"

Revealing the friend's identity, she says, "I flew famous hotel moghul Dominique Desseigne's aircraft. He's very well known in Europe. I travelled in his plane along with my brother for a special VIP visit to the Chateau of Versailles. He got us permission to take a tour of the rooms and areas of the palace that are only accessible to VIPs."

As a token of good will, Mallika has invited Dominique to visit Rajasthan when he comes to India. "I want him to come and see our palaces and realise they are as beautiful as the ones in their country. I want to expose him to our rich culture and heritage. He was a gracious host and I would be honoured to show him our country."
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