It’s a known fact that the renowned pop singer Ali Zafar has been facing sexual harassment allegations by musician and actress Meesha Shafi. In light of the recent #MeToo movement, Pakistani actor-singer recently released a statement on Twitter; she accused Ali Zafar of subjecting her to “sexual harassment of a physical nature” She then, in an interview, revealed that it happened twice. The actress further claimed that the second incident took place in a jam room, where many others were present too.
In a statement to the media, Meesha said, “I got booked for a concert. I was jamming with my band in Lahore and the organisers insisted that he was trying to get in touch. It started turning into a thing, and I was being seen as difficult or a diva, I got such feelers. I was avoiding him. I was asked to jam, figure out songs, scale and it happened while we were jamming.”
However, Ali Zafar has denied all the allegations. Taking to Twitter, the actor shared on his official handle, “I categorically deny any and all claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi. I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any allegations here, contesting personal vendettas on social media and in turn disrespecting the movement, my family, the industry and my fans. Ultimately I am a strong believer that the truth, always prevails.”
Here’s the video from the jam session that has been leaked. In the video, Ali and Meesha can be seen rehearsing for their gig. ALSO READ:
Check out the video here featured on Samaa TV
Two women – Aqsa Ali and Kanza Munir – who have worked with Ali in the past, were supposedly present at the jam session. They claimed that Meesha is lying and took to social media to extend their support to Ali. While Aqsa wrote, “I am astonished that she would take a lie to this level which so many of us can prove wrong,” Kanza, who accused Meesha of misusing the #MeToo movement, took to Instagram to write, “It would be great if this important movement isn’t taken for granted or misused for personal reasons stealing limelight from real causes.”
Reportedly, Ali has sent a legal notice to Meesha seeking an apology (within 15 days), which, if Meesha fails to do so, will result in “damages to the tune of at least Rs 100 million” under Defamation Ordinance. However, Meesha’s lawyer Ahmad Pansota said that his client has not received Zafar’s legal notice. Watch this space for further updates.