Tanushree Dutta, the 34-year-old actress, has been in the news recently due to her allegations against Nana Patekar of harassing and threatening her on a film set a decade ago, and Vivek Agnihotri, who had allegedly told her to strip off on camera for a scene while filming 2005 movie Chocolate.
Both Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri have denied all the allegations and have also sent her a legal notice for the same.
Vivek Agnihotri’s lawyer Nidhish Mehrotra said that they have sued the actress on the charge of defamation. Reports PTI:
“The allegations levelled against my client Vivek Agnihotri by Tanushree Dutta for misbehaviour and/or harassment are absolutely false, frivolous and vexatious. These allegations are deliberate and have been borne with an intent to attract publicity and wreak personal vendetta against my client with mala-fide intentions. On the instruction of my client, we have served a legal notice to initiate defamation action against her.”
Tanushree, on receiving the notice, issued a statement saying,
“I have been slapped with two legal notices. One from Nana Patekar and another from Vivek Agnihotri. Both their teams are on a smear campaign against me by constructing outright lies and misinformation on social media platforms and other public platforms.
“This is the price you pay for speaking out against harassment, humiliation, and injustice in India,” she added.
A film industry member named Sattyajit Gazmer, who worked on Chocolate as an associate director, has come to Mr. Agnihotri’s defense and has posted a long Facebook post suggesting that Ms Dutta is not credible because she had ‘major mood swings’ and couldn’t ‘understand commands and instructions’ on set.
Read his post here: