Bollywood actress and model Tanushree Dutta has sparked the much necessary #MeToo movement in India. While she told her story to the world a few weeks ago, the accused and veteran Bollywood actor Nana Patekar has finally broke his silence on the same!
On Monday, Nana addressed to the media regarding the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by Tanushree Dutta.
Nana Patekar will be next seen in Housefull 4
She accused Nana of harassment and trying to touch her inappropriately during the shoot of a song sequence in their 2008 flick Horn Ok Pleassss. Tanushree further added that choreographer, Ganesh Acharya and even the director of the movie had knowledge about Nana’s ill treatment but did nothing about it.
“My lawyer has advised me not to speak on the matter. Hence, I kept silent. Otherwise, I would have no issues talking to the press," Nana said at the press conference. “What should I say? I said 10 years ago. The truth which was 10 years ago remains the same today and will continue to be tomorrow as well," he said when the media forced him to say something on the matter.
In a video that soon surfaced, one could see Tanushree’s car been attacked as she was trying to leave the shooting venue. As per Tanushree, the director and producer of the film called the goons to threaten her from taking any action.
However, Nana has taken the legal away and already sent a notice to Tanushree. When the media on Sunday asked the actor about the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him, Nana said, “Whatever I had to say, I said 10 years back. What is a lie, is a lie. I’ll hold a press conference soon.”
In other developments, Tanushree Dutta has now contacted Maharashtra Women Commission. The former Miss India as sought women commission's intervention days after she alleged that veteran actor Nana Patekar allegedly misbehaved with her.
In her complaint, she demands an investigation to be held against Nana Patekar, Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang, and several Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party workers.
"The complaint has been lodged with the Maharashtra State Commission for Women. Tomorrow we are going to move the complaint to the District Officer as per the Sexual Harassment Act Section 9. Tanushree Dutta's statement has not yet been recorded, so tomorrow she will come for the same along with the witnesses. After recording the statement, we will take the next step," said Ms Dutta's lawyer, Nitin Satpute confirming the same.