An actor of an yet to be released film assaulted the film’s director during a press conference here on Saturday demanding payment of dues.

The incident occurred when the director of Kotlollappa Kai, Rishi, along with the film’s crew, was addressing journalists at a Gandhinagar hotel.

Nayana Krishna, the film’s heroine, stormed into the hotel along with a group of women and accused Rishi of cheating and intimidating her.

She alleged that Rishi owed her Rs. 8 lakh and he threatened her with dire consequences when she asked him to pay.

A heated argument ensued and in the melee, Nayana allegedly attacked Rishi with her slippers. The other members of the crew rushed to Rishi’s aid.

Rishi filed a complaint against the actor and others with the Upparpet police. Nayana was arrested and later released on bail.

The actress had earlier accused the director of sexual harassment, but the matter was resolved with the intervention of senior members of the industry.