Nana Patekar finally addresses the media in Tanushree Dutta's harassment controversy

Rosalie Gross
October 10, 2018

According to officials from the commission, a notice has also been shot to the Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) to explain the procedure to redress sexual harassment complaints. Mumbai Police, too, has been asked to file a report within 10 days. The actress has also accused choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang and others for not only trying to cover up the incident but for also not coming out in support of her.

A movement, on the lines of the Hollywood's #MeToo, has started after actor Tanushree Dutta levelled the allegations against Nana Patekar, with more women sharing on social media their horrifying experiences of sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industry.

On Monday, Patekar said the truth about Dutta's allegations against him has not changed even a decade later. The commission also asked for an update on the investigation into actress Tanushree Dutta's complaint and asked her to come to their office to record her statement, ANI reported. "Will let you know about the further proceedings soon, regards".

Ms Dutta had sought the commission's intervention after claiming that Mr Patekar allegedly misbehaved with her on the sets of a film in 2008.

Nana Patekar addresses the media
Nana Patekar addresses the media

Patekar's lawyer had sent a legal notice to Dutta demanding apology.

"I said this ten years ago... a lie is a lie (Dus saal pehle bol chuka hoon, ab jo jhoot hai woh jhoot hai')", Patekar told reporters here Saturday.

But to her surprise, new steps were introduced by Acharya, which were intimate and included Patekar touching her inappropriately, she alleged.

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