Nana Patekar, who was supposed to address the media on Monday (October 8) over allegations levelled against him by actress Tanushree Dutta, cancelled the press conference. The media was informed that the press conference which was scheduled to happen at the actor's Andheri residence was cancelled after Nana Patekar's consultation with his legal team.
The veteran actor refrained from commenting further on the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him by actress Tanushree Dutta and made a short statement: "My legal team has asked me not to speak [in detail]."
Nana Patekar met renowned Mumbai based prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam on Monday evening. Patekar's lawyer Rajendra Shirodkar was also present.
In picture: Nana Patekar at his residence in Andheri.
Nana Patekar's lawyer Shirodkar said that the meeting with Ujjwal Nikam had nothing to do with Tanushree Dutta's case.
Nana Patekar denied the allegation levelled against him by Tanushree Dutta. He said, 'the truth which was there 10 years back remains true even today'.
Tanushree Dutta, better known for her role opposite Emraan Hashmi in Aashiq Banaya Aapne made a startling revelation on September 26, when she alleged that Nana Patekar had misbehaved with her on the sets of the film 'Horn Ok Pleasss' in 2008. She accused him of harassing her while shooting for a special dance number for the same movie and also accused dance choreographer Ganesh Acharya of teaming up against her.
As a retort, Nana Patekar had reportedly slapped Tanushree with a legal notice. However, the actress said that she is yet to receive any communication from Nana Patekar. Tanushree filed a police complaint about the issue on Saturday (October 6).
In picture: Nana Patekar outside his Andheri home.
In an interview with IANS, Tanushree Dutta talking about what made her speak up about the incident said, "It wasn't my intention to consciously draw attention to the incident. I am here in India for a holiday. I was giving interviews when I was asked about the sexual harassment at the workplace. This is when I spoke about the incident in 2008. Mind you, I spoke about a lot of other things. But this is what the media latched on to. And I am happy. Because a debate has been opened up on the whole issue of sexual harassment."
Further, in the interview, Tanushree Dutta said, "It was a dance sequence for a film called 'Horn Ok Pleassss'. He was not a part of it. But he insisted on being on the set. He bullied me. He crossed all limits of decency. He was pulling my hand, pushing me, shouting at me. I had never encountered such boorish behaviour from any of my co-stars before this."
Horn 'OK' Pleassss producer Samee Siddiqui submitted an application as his response to the Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar row. In the application submitted before the Oshiwara police station, Siddiqui stated that the matter had already been investigated by the Goregaon police. He further said Tanushree was not molested and is now raking up the issue for publicity.
In picture: Nana Patekar talking to the media at his home.
According to the latest report by ANI, Tanushree Dutta has filed a complaint with the Maharashtra State Commission for Women regarding the case. Actors, Neha Dhupia, Soha Ali Khan, Chitrangda Singh among others have voiced their support for Tanushree Dutta.
In picture: Nana Patekar makes a statement to the media at his home.
Nana Patekar, 67, cancelled a press conference outside his Andheri residence, where he was scheduled to respond on the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against him by former co-star Tanushree Dutta. Here's a look at what has been said about the Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar case so far. All pictures/Shabad Khan and Yogen Shah
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