In the series of #MeToo allegations erupting in the Bollywood industry in recent times, Payal Ghosh took to Twitter alleging director Anurag Kashyap of sexual harassment. National Women Commission sought a detailed complaint to proceed further in the matter.
Following the disclosure made by Payal Ghosh where she names the other actresses, Fukrey actress Richa Chadha has issued a statement through her lawyer condemning the act of dragging her name in the controversy unnecessarily.
The statement issued stated, “Our client Ms. Richa Chadha condemns the act of her name being unnecessarily and falsely dragged in a defamatory manner into controversies and allegations being recently raised by third parties.”
“Though our Client believes that genuinely wronged women should get justice at all costs, there are legislations that are intended to ensure that women have equal standing in their workplace and to ensure that they have a cordial workplace in which their dignity and self-respect is protected,” stated Richa Chadha’s lawyer.
She further added, “No women should misuse their liberties to harass other women with unsubstantiated or non-existent, false, and baseless allegations. Our client has initiated appropriate legal action shall further pursue her legal rights and remedies in law as may be advised in her best interest.”
Many Bollywood celebrities are coming in support of the Anurag Kashyap including Tapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker. While Kangana Ranaut came in support of Payal Ghosh.
Anurag Kashyap has denied all the allegations calling them baseless and an attempt to silence him. He has decided to pursue legal remedies and issued a statement through his lawyer, Priyanka Khimani, “My client has been deeply pained by the false allegations of sexual misconduct that have been surfaced against him. The allegations are completely false, malicious, and dishonest.”
Interestingly, Anurag Kashyap’s first wife Aarti Bajaj has also come in his support and called it the cheapest stunt. Aarti Bajaj wrote to her Instagram wall, “First wife hereâś‹đźŹ».. You are a rockstar @anuragkashyap10. Keep empowering women as you do and the safest place you create for all of them. I see it first hand with our daughter. There is no integrity left and the world is full of losers and no brains baying for blood of anyone who has a voice. If everybody spends the energy which they use in hating others constructively this world will be a better place. Cheapest stunt I have seen till now. First it made me angry then I laughed so hard as it cannot come more framed then this . I am sorry that you have to go through this .Thatâ€™s the level of them. You stay HIGH and keep using your voice. We love you.”
On Saturday, actress Payal Ghosh who made her debut in Bollywood through Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi alleged Anurag Kashyap of sexual misconduct and tweeted, “@anuragkashyap72 has forced himself on me and extremely badly. @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji, kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. Pls help!”
She has also claimed, “Anurag told her that it was fine and some 200 actresses who worked with him were also intimate with him.”