Sexual harassment accusation: Nana Patekar sues Tanushree Dutta

Nana Patekar totally denied the accusation of Tanushree Dutta of sexual harassment. During an interaction with Mirror Now, the veteran actor said that he might take legal action against Tanushree.

“What can I do about it? Tell me? How would I know?” with a laugh, Nana asked when questioned by Mirror Now about the sexual harassment allegations laid by Tanushree. He went on to add, “What does she mean by sexual harassment? There are 50–100 people on the sets with me. Will see what I can do legally”.

Nana Patekar's lawyer Shirodkar told news agency ANI today, "In process of sending legal notice to Tanushree Dutta as she has made false allegations and has spoken untruth. We will send the notice later today which will basically a notice seeking apology for her statements making allegations."

Tanushree, who was away from the film industry shocked all when she declared that she was sexually abused on the set of 2008 film, ‘Ok Horn Please’. She alleged that Nana Patekar misbehaved with her but then the entire film industry remained silence.

She said, "The thing is that our country has become so hypocritical, and people constantly ask why #MeToo movement is not happening in India, it won't happen unless and until you'll acknowledge what happened with me in 2008.

"Everybody saw what happened, but the memory and the popular perception of it is that 'Tanushree Dutta spoke up against harassment and then she was no more.' The entire industry saw what happened, but there was not one word of condemnation from anybody. Every single person in this country remembers my incident and this was something on national TV for three days, but even today there's a stoic silence on that. So, my question is, 'Who is going to believe these hypocrites?' These are the people who stand up and raise their voice against women empowerment," said Tanushree.

She emphasised that she would continue to bring up the issue, till justice was meted out to her.

Way back in 2008, when Tanushree Dutta was shooting for ‘Horn Ok Pleasss’, she has harassed on the set by veteran actor Nana Patekar. She was shooting for a dance sequence and instead of choreographer Ganesh Acharya, Nana Patekar showed her the dance steps. The actress claimed that Nana got too close to her. Showing her displeasure, Tanushree locked herself up in the vanity van for 30 minutes. When she came out, she refused to shoot the item number.

"He was grabbing me by the arms, pushing me around then he would ask the choreographers to move and teach me how to dance, and the next thing I know he wanted to do an intimate sequence with me. It was ridiculous," she had said back then. When she protested, the actor allegedly sought help from members from a political party, who broke her car.

The incident highly upset the actress and and she moved to the US to restore herself. A month ago, Tanushree returned to India.