Hrithik’s statement an effort to gain public sympathy: Kangana’s lawyer

The Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut affair and their legal tiff has been grabbing headlines over the past couple of days. Now, both the parties have issued statements to the media, which has made the matter murkier.

Hrithik who has been keeping quiet so far, broke his silence over the matter and issued a statement on Thursday. He sought to clarify that a purported email address said to be his did not belong to him, and it was the “crux” of the matter.

"The crux of the matter is that the mail id [email protected] (which) does NOT belong to me. I had filed a complaint in this regard with Mumbai Cyber Crime cell on 12 December, 2014 when I learnt of this impersonator communicating with said person," the ‘Bang Bang’ actor said without naming Kangana.

“I have absolutely NO CONNECTION with this ID. The entire issue stems from a case of identity theft which has carried over to me. My complaint was reactivated on March 5, 2016 and the crime unit has made headway in tracking this person down. Once that is done, the matter can be laid to rest,” Hrithik said in his statement.

Kangana retaliated with a rejoinder terming Hrithik’s statement “an effort to get public sympathy”. While the ‘Queen’ actress preferred to keep mum, she let her lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee respond to the actor’s statement.

"Hrithik's statements made to the media are nothing but efforts to gain public sympathy. He cannot wash his hands off the matter now after having criminally threatened my client and having intimidated her, without any provocation. He also cannot deny the fact my client never named him anywhere and it was he himself who claimed to be "Silly Ex" in his notice," advocate Siddiquee said in the statement on Thursday night.

"Besides his own acts of stating in the media that he would rather 'date a Pope' gave enough fodder to the media to start speculating. How can he blame my client for all his own acts of commissions and omissions?" he added.

Kangana’s lawyer also claimed that Hrithik has made false statement in his notice that he doesn’t know the actress socially at all. “...If that were the truth, then how was he attending my client’s private birthday party with his entire family and my client was attending his party besides his sister’s and his father’s birthday party as well?” Siddiquee asked.

Terming Hrithik’s legal notice “absolutely baseless”, the lawyer said, “Most importantly I would like to point out that at least Mr. Hrithik Roshan should have bothered to ensure that he has a good reason to send a Legal Notice to my client. However as expected the notice is absolutely baseless, unsubstantiated, unwarranted and uncalled for. There is not even a case of defamation made out against my client and he is issuing a Notice for defamation without application of mind.”