All thanks to the #MeToo movement that celebs from all across the globe are coming out in the open about incidents and episodes when they were subjected to sexual harassment or molestation. The latest celeb to talk about her story is Pakistani singer, Meesha Shafi, who has accused popular actor-singer Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. The two of them have worked together on several occasions and have known each other for a long time now. Meesha took to her Twitter handle to share her story as she stated she couldn’t stay mum about it anymore.
Meesha tweeted, “Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out. But it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo.” In a statement released on Twitter, she made a revelation that startled everybody. “I have been subjected, on more than one occasion, to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar. These incidences did not happen when I was young, or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children,” she said. Furthermore, she said, “It has been an extremely traumatic experience for me and my family. Ali is someone I have known for many years and someone who I have shared the stage with. I feel betrayed by his behaviour and his attitude and I know that I am not alone.” Check out the full statement here:
This accusation will not only mar Ali’s reputation in Pakistan but also in India given he has done films here as well. He has starred in films like Kill Dil with Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan with Katrina Kaif, London Paris New York with Aditi Rao Hydari, Dear Zindagi with Alia Bhatt to name the significant ones. Meesha, on the other hand, was a part of Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, albeit in a small role. She is also frequently seen in Coke Studio Pakistan. Ali is yet to give his reaction. However, looks like social media users have already started attacking him, whilst sending in supportive tweets for Meesha.