In the rise of the #MeToo movement in India, many known personalities from different fields have been named and shamed on different social media platforms. One of the recent names added to the list of alleged accusers is Bollywood singer Anu Malik. Now Sony Television has reportedly asked the music composer to step down as a judge of Indian Idol 10 after numerous sexual harassment allegations have been levelled against him by multiple women.
Since the allegations against Anu Malik came into light, Sony television has been internally discussing the matter and now has decided to drop the music composer from the judge panel of Indian Idol 10 until further investigation.
Anu Malik has revealed to Republic that he has issued a statement to the channel. The statement reads, “I, Anu Malik have decided to take a break from Indian Idol as I am currently unable to focus on my work on the show. The channel has been kind to agree for the same. Thank you.”
According to sources close to the channel, Malik will not be shooting any further episodes of the reality singing show.
Earlier, Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit accused Anu Malik if sexual misconduct. On Saturday, two more women came out and shared their horrific experience with the singer.
One of the victims, whose identity has not been revealed, talked to Mid-Day and said that she met Malik in 1990 at Mehboob Studios where he rubbed himself against her and apologised. She went on to reveal that things got out of hands later when they had to collaborate on a fund-raiser.
Another victim revealed that Anu had asked her to meet at his place wearing a chiffon saree. She said that just when she was about to leave, he tried to hug her.
Earlier, Anu Malik’s lawyer said in a statement, “The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #metoo movement but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious”.