Anurag Kashyap seeks action against Payal Ghosh for hijacking #MeToo movement

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Anurag Kashyap has been in the news over the past few weeks ever since Payal Ghosh made sexual misconduct allegations about the filmmaker. Following Ghosh’s complaint, the Mumbai Police called Kashyap for questioning on Thursday. Since then, his lawyer Priyanka Khimani has issued a statement on the filmmaker’s behalf in which Kashyap has denied all allegations levelled against him. The statement went on to say that the filmmaker has sought strict legal action against Ghosh for misusing the criminal justice system and hijacking the #MeToo movement for her personal gain.

The statement read, “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.” The statement also went on to say Kashyap provided proof to the police that he was in Sri Lanka in August 2013, reports Pinkvilla . “Mr. Kashyap has provided documentary proof of the fact that throughout August, 2013 he was away in Sri Lanka in connection with the shooting of one of his films. Mr. Kashyap has categorically denied that any such alleged incident ever took place and has also denied all allegations levelled against him,” the statement read.

Khimani even stated that the allegations have caused pain to the filmmaker and his fans and family. It stated that Kashyap will seek legal recourse regarding the same. The lawyer also confirmed that Kashyap seeks action against the complainant for ‘misusing the criminal justice system and for hijacking the Me Too Movement for her ulterior motives.’

Ghosh had met up with the Union Minister Ramdas Athawale recently and he had assured her that she will get justice. Further, he had mentioned during the press conference that if Mumbai Police does not take action, there may be protests in the city. This all began when she tweeted and alleged that the filmmaker had forced himself upon her. Kashyap denied all allegations and called them “baseless.”

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