A sexual assault case has been filed against veteran Bollywood actor Jeetendra by his cousin. The case was reportedly filed against the 75-year old actor in Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh after his cousin sent a police complaint to the Himachal Pradesh Director General of Police. According to the report the incident is not a recent one but took place almost 47 years ago when Jeetendra, whose real name is Ravi Kapoor, was 28 years old and his cousin 18. Also Read - Baarish Season 2 Teaser: Asha Negi And Sharman Joshi's Passionate Chemistry, Jeetendra's Brief Appearance Build Excitement
As per the complaint, the actor had asked her father, who was Jeetendra’s uncle, for his permission to let her accompany him to one of his sets for shoot where he allegedly sexually abused her. The incident took place in 1971 when according to the complainant Jeentendra tried to sexually assault her in a hotel room in Shimla. The actor was allegedly drunk when he tried to assault the complainant. Also Read - New Sexual Assault Charges Against Harvey Weinstein After he Recovers From COVID-19
But why did the victim take so long to come out in the open about it? According to reports she waited for her parents’ demise to do so as she knew it would break their heart. The complainant reportedly wants to be freed of the mental trauma that she had been subjected to all these years and wants justice to prevail, which explains why she filed a police complaint against the actor. Jeetendra is yet to comment on the allegation. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein, 68, Gets Coronavirus in Prison Serving 23 Years of Sentence For Rape And Sexual Assault
Incidentally, another cousin of the veteran actor, Nitin Kapoor, allegedly committed suicide in 2017 by jumping off the terrace of a six-storey building at Seven Bungalows in Andheri West, in Mumbai. Talking about the incident, Jeetendra had told a leading daily, “He was my first cousin. I had not met him for a long time. I don’t know why he was not meeting me. He was avoiding me. His father was really close to me. He was like a father for me. I was away for a meeting. It was when my flight landed at around 8.40 pm that I came to know about this. I am in Delhi and am depressed to learn about this.”
The alleged sexual abuse case has come at a time when the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal has opened a bag a worms in Hollywood. Some of the biggest and most eminent Hollywood actresses came out in the open to speak about their horrific experiences of molestation by the movie mogul in the past. This is perhaps the first time that the actresses could unitedly bring down a power hungry film personality such as Weinstein. These revelations, for the first time ever, led to campaigns such as #MeToo and the Time’s Up Movement.