Shweta Basu rubbishes sex racket report, slams media

Caught in the prostitution racket, national award winner Shweta Basu Prasad just returned to Mumbai after staying two months at a government-run rescue and rehabilitation centre for women in Hyderabad. She was caught in a police raid in August this year in a high profile prostitution racket. After coming out, Shweta just twisted her statement which she gave to the police at the time of arrest. She denies being forced into prostitution and slams media for spreading a wrong report about her and for tarnishing her image.

The ‘Makdee’ actress is shocked to hear to the story made behind her. "I came home on Friday (October 31). I've no complaints against anyone except the journalist who during my hour of crisis made up a statement attributed to me. That statement was circulated everywhere. I had no idea about it as I had no access to newspapers or websites for two months. It's only now that I came to know of this," said the actress.

She added, "I was in custody. I wasn't allowed to speak to my mother and father, then how would I speak to the media? Whoever made up that statement damaged my reputation by saying that all doors were closed on me - no such thing has happened and the film industry has always been very warm and welcoming to me - and that "people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money". These are outrageous lies that I never uttered”, says the actress in an interview to a leading daily.

Recalling the unfortunate night at Banjara Hills hotel in Hyderabad, Shweta said that she went there for attending an award ceremony and was unaware about anything concerned with the prostitution.

"I had gone there to attend an awards ceremony. Call it fate or whatever, I missed my flight back in the morning. My air ticket and stay were done by the organisers of the awards function. I still have the ticket. I've been told that the agent has been arrested. The case is being investigated. I am a victim in the whole situation. There was a raid... I am not denying the incident. But the facts are not what they've been made out to be”, the actress said further.

In September this year, Shweta Basu was arrested in a high profile sex racket in Hyderabad and reports followed that she took up flesh trade to run her family.

Following the incident celebrities like Sakshi Tanwar, Deepika Padukone, director Hansal Mehta lend moral support to Shweta Basu Prasad and urged media not to make the news sensational. Hansal Mehta even declared his plan to offer her a role saying, "I intend to offer Shweta Prasad a role in my next film. She was so good in 'Makdee'.”

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