After three weeks after Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual harassment by an ex-employee of Phantom Films the woman recently in a statement to the High Court stated that she did not want to pursue the case as she has already suffered a lot.
Advocate Navroz Seervai who was representing the victim put a statement with the signature of the woman who accused Bahl, confirming that the incident happened more than three years ago. In a petition case filed by Vikas Bahl, the director has sought Rs 10 Crores in damages from his former in Phantom Films, directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, and three media organisations for alleged defamation.
As per reports, Kashyap and Motwane's lawyer revealed that the 'Queen' director had broken down and confirmed the incident. promising that he would seek rehabilitation. The hearing was adjourned for October 25, after Phantom Films' fourth partner Madhu Mantena's advocate said that Mantena was never present when Bahl had confessed to Anurag Kashyap. According to Kashyap's lawyer, Mantena and Kashyap were both there when Bahl confessed.
Earlier, after three years, the victim came out and gave horrifying details of what happened, on the night when Vikas Bahl harassed her in a hotel room. Speaking to Huffpost, she said that before the release of the film 'Bombay Velvet', the cast and crew had gathered together for a party. Post the party, Bahl offered to drop the woman to her room since she was recovering from an accident and also had a few drinks. The two headed to the room and the woman bid Vikas a good night and gave him a hug. After that, she rushed inside the bathroom, as she could not "control her urge to pee".
However, when she stepped out of the bathroom, Vikas was lying on the footrest of the bed. She allegedly asked him to leave, repeatedly, which he did not do. She gathered some strength and put some pillows to create a divider. She said she was on the verge of passing out, but a part of her brain was aware of the man lying on her bed. As soon as she lied down, in a few seconds, Bahl put his hand in her dress, while the woman resisted several times. She said that he then dropped his pants and started masturbating onto her back because her back was towards him. He then left the room.
Vikas Bahl, is one of the four partners of Phantom films. Recently, there were reports of dissolution of the production house, due to an internal scuffle between the partners. It is said that the reason for the dissolution is the accusations made on the director. Anurag Kashyap, co-owner of Phantom films , said that he knew about the harassment, but could not do anything. He also said that they will stand by the victim and give her their support.
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