The Oshiwara Police Station has booked actor Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, film producer Sameer Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang for sexually harassing an actor on the sets of a movie in 2008. Actor Tanushree Dutta had filed a sexual harassment complaint with the Maharashtra State Commission for Women on Monday, following which notices were issued to the accused. Also Read - #MeToo on Anurag Kashyap: Payal Ghosh Says ‘If I am Found Hanging, Don’t Consider it Suicide’
A police official revealed that the case was registered against the four after Tanushree filed a formal complaint at the police station, accusing Nana of sexually harassing her on the sets of the film in 2008. Also Read - Payal Ghosh Alleges 'Rape' in FIR Against Anurag Kashyap, Filmmaker To Appear For Interrogation
“We have registered a case against Patekar and others under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman)of IPC,” Additional Commissioner of Police (West Region) Manojkumar Sharma told PTI. Also Read - Taapsee Pannu Gives More Support to Anurag Kashyap in #MeToo Case, Says 'I'll Break Ties With Him if he is Found Guilty'
So far no arrest has been made in the case, and as per the official, the investigation into the matter is going on and enquiries are being made about the incident.
Another official revealed that Tanushree, wearing a burkha, had reached the police station in the evening to record her statement regarding the case, and the police registered the offence around midnight.
Tanushree had in her complaint alleged that Nana misbehaved with her on the sets of Horn Okay Pleassss while they were shooting for a song, which he was not a part of, and that even though she complained, nobody came to her rescue or paid heed. She said she walked off the sets of the movie after she complained to the producer, who did nothing about it.
Meanwhile, Nana, who is shooting for his upcoming film Houseful 4, has refused to say anything about the whole matter, only commenting that his lawyer has advised him not to talk to the press.