#MeToo movement: Anu Malik to exit Indian Idol after harassment allegations against him

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Music composer Anu Malik is going to step down from the reality show Indian Idol due to the various sexual harassment allegations against him. Two more famous personalities including singer Sona Mahapatra and vocalist Shweta Pandit have also accused the Indian Idol judge of sexual harassment. Whereas, he denies all the news and calls them fake. Furthermore, the speculations are rife that he might leave the reality show.

In a statement the music director, who has been attached with the show as a judge since 2004, said he decided to step away from it as he was not able to "focus on work".  “I, Anu Malik , have decided to take a break from Indian Idol as I am currently unable to focus on my work on the show. The channel has been kind to agree for the same. Thank you,” Malik said.
Sony Entertainment Television while confirming the same said “Anu Malik is no longer a part of the Indian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we will invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge the extraordinary talent of Indian Idol season 10”.

While calling Anu Malik a paedophile and sexual predator Shweta Pandit wrote a long note on Twitter on Wednesday. “Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up - it’s now or never. This is my #MeToo and has to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp @IndiaMeToo Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this,” she wrote in her tweet.
In the note, she mentioned that the incident took place in 2001 when she met Anu Malik. Ever since her songs became hit from the film Mohabbatein, she was looking for some more work. She said, “Anu’s manager had asked her to come to Andheri’s Empire Studio in mid-2001 to meet him”.
Shweta also mentioned that the music composer also asked her for personal favors. Shweta says she was traumatized by the incident. Calling it the “worst experience of my life”, the singer said she was depressed for months after the incident and could not even bring it up with her parents.

A week before, singer Sona Mahapatra also called him a “Serial predator”. She even thanked Pandit for the courage she showed and for speaking up for her own good. Sona took to Twitter and wrote “Sending you love, big healing and strength @ShwetaPandit7. That #AnuMalik did this to you as a child is something #India has to make note of. Thank you so much for being brave and bringing this out in the open. I know how difficult that is and the pressure to let ‘bygones be bygones”.
Music director's lawyer on Thursday denied the allegations saying that the #MeToo Movement is being used against the singer for defaming him.
 

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