“False, Malicious, Dishonest, Fictitious”: Anurag Kashyap’s Statement On Sexual Harassment Allegations

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“False, Malicious, Dishonest, Fictitious”: Anurag Kashyap’s Statement On Sexual Harassment Allegations

 

Anurag Kashyap shared this photo (courtesy anuragkashyap10)

Highlights

  • Anurag Kashyap has been accused of sexual harassment by Payal Ghosh
  • “My client has been advised of his remedies in law,” said his lawyer
  • “Anurag Kashyap has been pained by the false allegations,” she added

New Delhi:

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, in a statement released by his lawyer Priyanka Khimani, clarified that the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him by actress Payal Ghosh are “false, malicious and dishonest”, adding that he intends to take legal action in the matter. In a tweet late night on Sunday, Anurag Kashyap shared a statement put out by his lawyer, which said: “My client, Anurag Kashyap, has been deeply pained by the false allegations of sexual misconduct that have recently surfaced against him. These allegations are completely false, malicious and dishonest.” Actress Payal Ghosh, in a recent interview to ABN Telugu, accused the 48-year-old filmmaker of having “forced himself” on her. She even addressed tweets to the National Commission for Women and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking intervention in the matter.

Mr Kashyap, in his statement, said that the allegations against him simply undermine the seriousness of the #MeToo movement, which hit the film industry last year: “It is sad that a social movement as important as the #MeToo movement has been co-opted by vested interests and reduced to a mere tool for character assassination. Fictitious allegations of this nature seriously undermine the movement and seek to consciously trade upon the pain and trauma of actual victims of sexual harassment and abuse.”

“My client has been fully advised of his rights and remedies in law and intends to pursue them to the fullest extent,” Mr Kashyap’s lawyer added.

Read Anurag Kashyap’s tweet here:

On Sunday, Mr Kashyap addressed the allegations for the first time, in a series of tweets written in Hindi, describing the accusations as an “attempt to silence” him: “Wow, it took you so long to make an attempt to silence me. Never mind… in a bid to silence me, you have dragged another woman in this, despite being a woman. Please stick to the limits, Madame. All I want to say is all allegations are baseless.”

Actress Kangana Ranaut, who often engages in bitter exchanges with her colleagues, Anurag Kashyap among them, tweeted in support of Payal Ghosh and wrote: “Anurag is very much capable of doing what Payal Ghosh is suggesting.” Ms Ranaut also claimed that she has faced sexual harassment in the Hindi film industry.

In 2018, when director Vikas Bahl’s name was implicated in India’s #MeToo movement, Anurag Kashyap, who co-founded production house Phantom Films with Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, dissolved the production house. Several celebs from the film industry were named in alleged #MeToo stories when the movement took over social media in the last few years, among them were Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, Anu Malik and others.

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