The owner of a website was arrested here on Wednesday on the charge of defaming actor Kavya Madhavan by publishing a claim that she was planning to marry a person named Sanjay Menon. Stephen, 48, of Edappally, owns a website, which allegedly posted content which said that the actor was getting married a second time. The website also carried a picture of the actor with a man it claimed was a cinematographer named Sanjay Menon, the police said.

“He was booked for spreading offensive messages about the actor without her consent or knowledge. The arrest was made following a complaint she made to the Inspector General,” said M.G. Sabu, circle inspector, Ernakulam Town North police.

The accused was produced in court and remanded in judicial custody. The police are unsure who the man in the picture is. Police officials said the content that appeared on the website had been shared on other websites as well.