#MeToo allegations: Anu Malik steps down as ‘Indian Idol 10’ judge

After sexual harassment allegation against music composer cum singer Anu Malik, he was asked to step down as ‘Indian Idol 10’ judge. A report suggests that the channel is in discussion after few women accused Anu Malik of sexual harassment. An official announcement of Anu Malik’s ouster from the show will be made shortly.

Anu Malik co-judged the popular singing show, ‘Indian Idol 10’ with Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar. It is to be noted that Anu Malik has been the judge of all the seasons of the singing show except two seasons.

After singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit, two more women shared their #MeToo stories about Anu Malik.

One of the unidentified women told Mid-Day that she met Malik in 1990 at Mehboob Studios. He rubbed against her and later he apologised.

She said that things turned worse when she met him at his house. "He sat next to me on the sofa. I realised I was trapped as his family was not at home. He then lifted my skirt and dropped his pants. I thought of pushing him and rushing out the door, but he was too strong for me. Luckily, the doorbell rang at that moment," she said.

Another accused said that she met Malik in a studio, where he asked her to meet him wearing a chiffon saree. Anu Malik tried to take advantage of her.  

"Panic struck me as I realised the recording studio was sound-proof and no one would hear me even if I screamed. I pushed him away and said, 'What do you think you're doing?' The sick pervert immediately broke into his presumably rehearsed line: 'No, I am happy with my wife, I am a sensitive man!'"

Rubbishing all allegations, Anu Malik's lawyer said in a statement, "The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #metoo movement but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious."