Friday 30 October 2020

Payal Ghosh accuses Anurag Kashyap of sexual harassment

Payal said in an interview, I did not raise an alarm but pleaded with him that he should let me go as I would return again some other time

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Actress Payal Ghosh has said in a statement that initially she was very impressed with Anurag Kashyap, but alter the filmmaker made her feel uncomfortable. The actress said, “He made me feel uncomfortable. I felt bad about it, whatever happened shouldn’t have happened. If someone approaches you for work, it doesn’t mean the person is prepared for anything.”

She tagged the office of the Prime Minister of India in her tweet. “@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!,” tweeted Payal.

Actress Payal Ghosh tagged PM Narendra Modi in her tweet and demanded action against him. She had given an interview to Telugu channel in which she narrated her #MeToo story.

Soon after Payal Ghosh’s tweet went viral on the internet, Twitterati started trending #ArrestAnuragKashyap.

Actress Kangana Ranaut also reacted to the allegations and tweeted, “Every voice matters.”

Payal Ghosh claimed that she was threatened to keep quiet about the incident and by coming forward, her security is at risk. Reacting to the actress’s claims, National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma asked her to file an official complaint. She tweeted, You may send me the detailed complaint and @NCWIndia will look into it.”

Anurag Kashyap had responded to the allegations in a series of Twitter posts and termed them as baseless. “I do not engage in such behavior or tolerate it. Whatever happens we shall see,” the filmmaker had shared.

Speaking about the incident, Payal said in an interview, “The first time I met him was at his office in Aram Nagar, Versova. The second time I met him was at his residence. We spoke in general about films and the film industry. Then he called me again to his house and this time, that is on the third occasion, he tried to force himself upon me. I did not raise an alarm but pleaded with him that he should let me go as I would return again some other time.”

Last week, an Indian model Dimple Paul had also come out with her #MeToo story when she accused Sajid Khan of harassing her in the pretext of giving her a role in his film Housefull. Paula wrote, “Before democracy dies and there is no freedom of speech anymore I thought I should speak.”

She added, “When #MeToo movement started, a lot of people spoke about Sajid Khan but I did not dare to because like every other actor who has no godfather and had to earn for a family I kept quiet. Now I don’t have my parents with me. I’m earning for myself. I can dare to tell that I have been harassed by Sajid Khan at the age of 17. He spoke dirty to me. He tried to touch me. He even told me to strip in front of him just to get a role in his upcoming Housefull movie.”

She further said, “God knows with how many girls he has done this. I am coming out now not for any pity party. It’s just that I realised that had affected me so bad when I was a child and chose not to speak. But it’s high time no?…These b* should be behind bars not only for casting couch but also for manipulating and for stealing away your dreams. But I did not stop. But the wrong I did was not to speak about it .”

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