Bollywood's #MeToo movement, that started with Tanushree Dutta's allegations against veteran actor Nata Patekar has gained momentum in the past few days and has brought up the names of several other Bollywood celebrities who have been accused of alleged misconduct by women in the entertainment industry.
Recently, T-series chairman Bhushan Kumar has also been accused of alleged sexual harassment by an anonymous account holder on Twitter. However, Bhushan's wife, actress-filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar, came to his defense and strongly denied the sexual harassment allegations against him. She said that people are misusing the #MeToo movement which is meant to clean up the society. She took to Twitter and said, "My husband has got T-Series where it is today purely on basis of extreme hard work. People even stood up against Lord Krishna who's praiseworthy. Though #MeToo movement is meant to clean up the society, it's sad that some people have started misusing it. I have been with my husband hand in hand as he has taken his father's dreams forward. He is a man full of values and principles. It's unfortunate that people put baseless allegations without having their facts and proofs in place."
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Meanwhile, Bhushan Kumar has reportedly filed a police complaint denying all allegations against him. His name cropped up in the #MeToo movement on Friday, October 12. Refuting all the allegations on him Bhushan Kumar in a statement to PTI said
"I am appalled and anguished to know that my name has been dragged in this #MeToo by some anonymous person(s). The allegations against me are bad on the face of it. I have enjoyed an impeccable reputation and have always maintained professionalism. The tweet has been used as a tool to defame me and malign my reputation. I have taken this allegation very seriously and lodging a complaint with the cyber cell of the Mumbai Police to track the mysterious people(s) whose twitter handles have disappeared within seconds of uploading the malicious tweet. I’ll take all such actions as I will be legally advised.”
Several other renowned celebrities including director Vikas Bahl, and actor Alok Nath, among others, have come under the scanner. These revelations have created a huge stir in the Hindi film industry and several stars have spoken up against the offenders and extended their support to the assault survivors.
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