Mumbai: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, who has accused her ex-boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia of molesting her, on Saturday said the intention behind the complaint is to "protect myself".
Preity Zinta. File Pic
"This is a very difficult time for me and I would like to request the media to pls respect my privacy regarding this matter. My intention is not to harm anyone but only to protect myself," Preity said in a statement.
The "Kal Ho Naa Ho" actress lodged a written complaint against Wadia with the Marine Drive police station on Thursday night.
Wadia, who is Preity's former beau and co-owns the the IPL team Kings XI Punjab with the actress, has denied the allegations, terming them "totally false and baseless".
According to sources, Preity has accused Wadia of grabbing her hand and abusing her during a cricket match in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai May 30.
Preity Zinta’s statement on Facebook
I may not be super wealthy and powerful but I have truth by my side and I’ve worked very hard all my life and tried to earn respect for myself as a self made professional. It saddens me that no one at work or around ever stood up for me in the past when I was abused and insulted publicly. This time I was left with no option but to take this stern step as this incident happened in front of way too many people.
Sometimes we are so ashamed and humiliated that we fool ourselves to believe that no one saw what happened. Everyone always looks away as if they don't exist or then we don’t exist. People are embarrassed just enough to look away, but not too embarrassed to intervene.
Ironically, what happened at Wankhede is being diluted by every other fabricated story about my character except the truth of what happened. I'm sure the witnesses will speak the truth and I trust and believe that the police will do their job fairly and quickly.
No woman likes to be involved in a controversy like this, which makes her open and vulnerable for all to take a dig at. I have worked for over 15 years in the film industry and have never been subject to such humiliating behaviour and for that I really want to thank all the men that worked with me. Through all our highs and lows my head was always held high.
Every human being has a limit to how much they can take; some of us foolishly call it strength and try to look ahead focusing on the positives of work and life. All these years I have never said anything about him in the media but now I have no choice.
I humbly request the media and my supporters to pls focus on the issue and the incident that happened in Wankhede and not turn this and me into a TV soap. This is not easy for me and my intention is not to harm anyone but simply to protect myself and to stand up for myself.
I don’t want any sympathy from anyone but I will sincerely appreciate it if people do not try to take away my dignity in the process of my fight for respect at my workplace. I think after all these years I deserve it and I’m not asking for too much.
Mumbai: Mumbai police on Saturday started their probe into Bollywood actress Preity Zinta's molestation charge against her ex-boyfriend and business partner, industrialist Ness Wadia.
An investigating officer said police have started calling witnesses over the issue and will also the scan CCTV footage of the alleged incident which took place May 30 in Mumbai during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match.
Police may contemplate any action against Wadia after questioning witnesses and examining video clips of the IPL match in Mumbai a fortnight ago when the alleged incident of molestation took place. Among other things, Zinta has accused Wadia of grabbing her hand and abusing her during a cricket match in Wankhede Stadium here.
Police are likely to record detailed statements of both Zinta and Wadia over the incident later.
Meanwhile the Maharashtra State Women's Commission is likely to visit the police station later Saturday to ascertain what action has been taken in the matter.