In the wake of the #MeToo movement in India, there have been many allegations that have come out, and most of the cases that have emerged involve bigwigs of Bollywood. And while there have been claims of sexual harassment, there have also been counter claims denying any wrong doing. In the Vikas Bahl case, the survivor who accused him of the deed, has now requested the Bombay High Court to drop her from the defamation case that was filed against her by the director. Also Read - After Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap Takes Dig At Haters Over I-T Raid, Says 'We Restart DoBaaaraa'
The case in question involves a former employee of production house Phantom Films, which has now been closed, accusing Vikas of sexually harassing her during the shooting of Bombay Velvet in 2013. Following the allegations it emerged that filmmaker Anurag Kashyap was privy to the information, but did not take action. Also Read - I-T Raid on Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap: Sitharaman Says Why It's an Issue Now, it Happened in 2013 As Well
Anurag had recently spoken out about the case, saying that the reason he had kept silent was to protect the woman, who has requested that she not be named and who has not filed a police complaint about the same. Also Read - IT Raid Row Against Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap: Discrepancy Found of Rs 350 Crore, Official Says
While maintaining her anonymity, the woman, who, along with Anurag and Vikramaditya Motwane, is facing a defamation case filed by Vikas, said she does not want to pursue the matter further as her grievances were not addressed.
“It had an extremely deleterious effect on my professional and personal life and on my mental and emotional health,” Pinkvilla quoted the woman as telling the court in a statement.
“I do not wish to relive any further what has transpired and I request that my presence in the proceedings be dispensed with and I dropped as a party.
“The absence of a written complaint or FIR does not and cannot take away from the truth of my statements. Why I have not made a police complaint is plain to see if one considers how formal process has failed to achieve any measure of accountability and lead only to the further victimisation of sexual assault survivors,” she stated.
Vikas had filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Anurag and Vikramaditya, and also sought interim direction from the court to restraint his former partners at the production house, from making any further statements against him.