Actor Payal Ghosh recently levelled a series of allegations against renowned film-maker Anurag Kashyap on accounts of sexual assault and extortion. The Bombay Velvet director was taken into custody by the Mumbai police after an FIR was lodged against him. After Kashyap recorded his account with the police officials, his lawyer Priyanka Himani has released a statement regarding the same. It started off with, “According to an FIR registered with the Versova Police Station, Ms Payal Ghosh has alleged that in August 2013, my client, Mr Anurag Kashyap, called her to his house and sexually harassed her. Mr Kashyap has denied all wrongdoing in the matter and has provided his statement to the police. The material provided by Mr Kashyap, in support of his statement, demonstrates that the complaint of Ms Ghosh is an outright lie.”
Kashyap has allegedly provided documentary evidence to prove his stay in Sri Lanka in August 2013, for the shooting of one of his films, reported FirstPost. “Mr Kashyap has categorically denied any such alleged incident and has also denied all allegations leveled against him. These sudden, belated allegations of an alleged incident in August 2013 have been widely publicised by the plaintiff for the purpose of vilifying Mr Kashyap, irrespective of the outcome of the judicial process. Mr Kashyap is confident that the falsity of the complaint has been exposed, not only by the evidence presented by him but also the ever-shifting versions of events put forth by Ms Ghosh in the media,” Himani’s statement added.
Himani believes Ghosh “will alter her version of events in the forthcoming investigative process as well.”
She noted, “Mr Kashyap is distressed with the false and reckless allegations made against him that have caused pain to him, his family and his fans. He intends to vigorously pursue the legal remedies available to him. Mr Kashyap vehemently denies any such incident, as has been alleged, and has sought for severe action against Ms Ghosh for misusing the criminal justice system and for hijacking the #MeToo movement for her ulterior motives. Mr Kashyap is confident that justice will prevail.”