Tanushree Dutta receives legal notices from Nana Patekar, Vivek Agnihotri

Tanushree Dutta has received legal notices from Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri after she accused them of sexual misconduct 

Chennai: Tanushree Dutta has said that she has received legal notices from Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri yesterday, days after she accused both of them of sexual misconduct.  Tanushree has alleged that both Nana and Vivek harassed her on film sets almost a decade ago, in what is being called as India’s #MeToo moment.

Tanushree released a statement yesterday the evening, saying, “This is the price you pay for speaking out against harassment, humiliation and injustice in India.” She also claimed that the teams of the director and actor are out to smear her reputation with “outright lies and misinformation on social media platforms and other public platforms”.

Image Source: Tanushree Dutta (PC: Fb@Nari)

She also alleged that two people tried to barge into her house. She had earlier said that she was being threatened and has been given protective custody by the Mumbai Police.

“Today while I was at home and the police personnel posted outside my home were on a lunch break two unnamed suspicious individuals tried getting into our home uninvited but were stopped just in time by the security personnel in the building. Later the police came back from their break and secured the premises again. Violent threats are being issued against me by the MNS party.”

She painted a grim picture for women’s rights in India and said that given the speed at which India’s judicial system works, survivors are reluctant to come ahead with their stories. 

“’Tareek pe Tareek pe tareek’ and the dawn of justice never arrives and her whole life goes waste awaiting justice while witnesses are intimidated, discredited or simply drained of their will to stand up..False witnesses supporting perpetrators conjured up to further weaken her case.Court cases can run for decades without a hope for a conclusion. At the end an empty shell remains, broken hopes,A life wasted, defeated. This is the age old saga of survivors in our nation.”

Many actors and actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Swara Bhaskar, Kangana Ranaut and Renuka Sahane came out in support of her.  Renuka Sahane in her tweet said that this has been happening for a long time in Bollywood and many men and women from the film industry have faced it.

Tanushree had alleged that Nana physically and sexually harassed her during the shoot of 2008 film Horn OK Pleasse. She had claimed that Nana demanded she should shoot a lewd dance step with him and when she refused, members of a political party were called who threatened and vandalised her car.

She had later accused director Vivek Agnihotri of inappropriate behavior on the sets of his 2005 film, Chocolate. The actor recalled an incident on set when she was asked by the director to strip and dance . She said that established actors Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty stood up for her.