Anurag Kashyap denies sexual harassment allegations

He provides evidence to show that he was in Sri Lanka in August 2013

October 02, 2020 12:10 pm | Updated October 03, 2020 01:33 am IST - Mumbai

Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap

Film-maker Anurag Kashyap has vehemently denied all allegations of sexually harassing an actor in 2013. He provided documentary evidence to the Mumbai Police showing that he was in Sri Lanka throughout August that year.

After the actor alleged that he had raped her, the Versova police station issued summons to Mr. Kashyap. On Thursday, he appeared before the police station to record his statement.

He was quizzed for eight hours, and he denied all wrongdoing in the matter. The police recorded his statement, in which Mr. Kashyap said that the complaint was an “outright lie”. He also provided documentary proof of the fact that throughout August 2013, he was away in Sri Lanka in connection with the shooting of one of his films.

A statement was released by his lawyer Priyanka Khimani on Friday, which said, “These sudden, belated allegations of an alleged incident of August 2013 have been widely publicised by the complainant for the purpose of vilifying Mr. Kashyap, irrespective of the outcome of the judicial process. He has sought severe action against the complainant for misusing the criminal justice system and for hijacking the Me Too Movement for her ulterior motives.”

The statement further said, “Mr. Kashyap is confident that the falsity of the complaint has been exposed, not only by the evidence presented by Mr. Kashyap, but also the ever-shifting version of events put forth by the complainant in the media. Mr. Kashyap is apprehensive that now that the falsity of her allegations in the FIR have been established, she will alter her version of events in the investigation process as well.”

“Mr. Kashyap is distressed with the false and reckless allegations made against him that have caused pain to him, his family and his fans. Mr. Kashyap intends to vigorously pursue the legal remedies available to him,” it added.

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