Nana Patekar responded to allegations of sexual harassment made against him by actress Tanushree Dutta on Thursday, September 29. Now, the actor’s lawyer has issued a statement stating that they are in a process of sending the legal notice to her. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein, 68, Gets Coronavirus in Prison Serving 23 Years of Sentence For Rape And Sexual Assault
Patekar’s lawyer Rajendra Shirodkar spoke to ANI and said, “In process of sending a legal notice to Tanushree Dutta as she has made false allegations and has spoken untruth. We will send the notice later today which will be basically a notice seeking apology for her statements making allegations.” Also Read - Harvey Weinstein Hospitalised Due to Chest Pain After Receiving 23-Years of Imprisonment in Landmark #MeToo Case
The actress has alleged that Nana touched her inappropriately and sent goons on her and her family back in the year 2008 while she was shooting for a special dance number with the actor for 2009 Bollywood film Horn ‘OK’ Pleasss. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years of Jail Sentence in Rape And Sexual Assault Case, Read on
However, Patekar spoke to Mirror Now and denied all allegations Tanushree has made. He, in fact, laughed off the entire controversy and said that the actress can say whatever she wants, nothing of which she says matters to him. Explaining his stance on the issue, Nana Patekar mentioned that no one could even think of harassing a woman in front of around 100 people present on the sets. He said, “What does she mean by sexual harassment? There were 50-100 people on set with me (at that time)…”
When the journalist probed him further about taking a legal route to solve the issue, Nana said he thinks of it as a frivolous matter. He said, “I’ll see, it’s a waste talking.” He then blamed the media for “play(ing)up anything”.
Tanushree has alleged that Nana asked choreographer Ganesh Acharya to include new dance steps in the song so that he could touch her inappropriately. She further told Zoom that when she walked out of the shoot and got inside her vanity van, Nana even sent goons to attack her and her car in which she seated later as she left the shooting-place with her family.
Not only Nana, but Tanushree has also accused director Vivek Agnihotri of inappropriate behaviour while shooting for Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets adding that Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty stood up for her.