"Baseless," Tweets Anurag Kashyap After Actress Accuses Him Of Sexual Harassment

"I don't indulge in such behaviour in public or otherwise. Neither do I tolerate such behaviour," tweeted Anurag Kashyap on Sunday

Anurag Kashyap shared this photo. (Image courtesy: anuragkashyap10)

Highlights

  • The actress accused Mr Kashyap of sexual assault on her in an interview
  • She also made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help her
  • Anurag Kashyap denied all allegations in a series of tweets on Saturday
New Delhi:

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, on Sunday, denied all sexual assault allegations levelled against him by an actress and tweeted: "All I want to say is all allegations are baseless." The actress recently accused the 48-year-old filmmaker of forcing himself on her in an interview with ABN Telugu. However, Anurag Kashyap dismissed the allegations in a series of tweets and described them as "an attempt to silence" him. In a long thread posted in Hindi, Anurag Kashyap wrote, "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."

In the aforementioned interview, the actress also claimed that after sexually harassing her, Anurag Kashyap had told her that "it is okay" because other actresses he has worked with like Huma Qureshi (Gangs Of Wasseypur) and Mahi Gill (Dev D) "are just a call away." Reacting to the allegation, the filmmaker wrote in his tweet: "Whether it's my first wife or second, or a girlfriend... or all those actresses who worked with me... or all those female colleagues who have been working with me... I don't indulge in such behaviour in public or otherwise. Neither do I tolerate such behaviour. Rest, whatever happens... let's see. In the video, you can figure how true the allegations are... otherwise, just love and good wishes for you. Apologies for replying to you in Hindi for your accusations in English." 

In his latest tweet, Anurag Kashyap also wrote that he has received a number of phone calls, asking him not to respond to the allegations.

The actress accusing Mr Kashyap also made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help her. She tweeted on Saturday: "Anurag Kashyap has forced himself on me and extremely badly. Narendra Modi 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!"

Reacting to the actress' tweet, National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma asked her to send a detailed complaint to them on the issue and assured her that the commission will look into the matter. 

Anurag Kashyap is known for directing and producing many critically acclaimed films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Queen, Choked, Gulaal, and Masaan. Earlier, 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. After the #MeToo allegations against Vikas Bahl, Mr Kashyap and Mr Motwane had issued separate statements, in which they had stated that they believe Mr Bahl is guilty of the allegations levelled against him. 

Several names from the film industry have been implicated in India's #MeToo movement like Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, Anu Malik and others.