The Bollywood #MeToo movement that started with Tanushree Dutta's misconduct allegations against veteran actor Nana Patekar is nowhere close to coming to an end. The movement has instead gathered momentum in the past few weeks as several women in the industry came out to identify their harassers. From MJ Akbar, Alok Nath, Nana Patekar, to Sajid Khan, and Vikas Bahl several have been accused of sexual harassment. Post sexual harassment allegations against Vikas Bahl, the Indian Film & Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) issued a show cause notice to the director.
Responding to the same, on Monday, October 22, the filmmaker in a long statement denied all allegations against him and requested the organization not to take any action against him until proven guilty.
Here's his statement:
In the letter, he wrote,
"I am in receipt of your Notice dated 9th October 2018 bearing ref no. IFTDA/***/2018 (the said notice) calling upon me to show cause why my membership with IFTDA should not be terminated. At the outset, I deny all the alleged sexual harassment charges levelled against me and as stated in your said Notice. Their alleged charges are not only false, erroneous, malicious, motivated but have no factual basis. Further, you may also note that till date neither has any criminal complaint been filed against in respect of alleged sexual harassment charges nor have I been called upon by investigation agency for investigation with respect to the same. The allegations levelled against me are merely anonymous and hearsay. Thus, I am presumed to be innocent till proven guilty."
"My partners Mr. Anurag Kashyap and Mr. Vikramaditya Motwane have published defamatory tweets/articles /statements against me with the intent to settle personal scores, exact vendetta and due to professional jealousy and with the sole intent to defame me, malign my image and destroy my career and hence, I request the good office not to rely upon the statements so made by them. Please note that I have filed a Suit (L) No. 1407 of 2018 against Mr Anurag Kashyap, Mr Vikramaditya Motwane and others before the Hon'ble Bombay High Court and the same is pending hearing."
"In view of the above, since the matter is subjudice before the Hon'ble Bombay High Court I request your good office not to take any action against me and not to terminate my membership with the IFTDA in the interim and without giving me a personal hearing."
"I receive my rights to file a detailed reply to the Notice, as may be advised."
Several Bollywood A-listers have spoken out in support of all those victims of sexual misconduct. From Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Twinkle Khanna, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker, Sophie Chaudhary, to Farhan Akhtar, and others are supporting all those raising their voice against this practice.
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