Actor Tanushree Dutta had to wear a burkha while going to the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai to record her statement with regard to the case pertaining to her harassment complaint against Nana Patekar, sources said. She had earlier complained that Patekar had sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn OK Pleassss in 2008.
Two lawyers accompanied the actor to the police station on Wednesday when she went to record her statement in the case.
Releasing photos from the Oshiwara Police Station, News agency ANI tweeted, “#Mumbai: #TanushreeDutta arrives at Oshiwara Police Station to record her statement in regard to the harassment allegations against Bollywood veteran Nana Patekar.”
— ANI (@ANI) October 10, 2018
Dutta had also complained against Patekar, producer Samee Siddiqui, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and director Rakesh Sarang.
Earlier on Monday, Dutta’s lawyer, Nitin Satpute, had told ANI, “The complaint has been lodged with the Maharashtra State Commission for Women. Tomorrow we are going to move the complaint to the District Officer as per the Sexual Harassment Act Section 9.”
The whole sexual harassment saga tumbled out after a decade following the Aashiq Banaya Aapne actress’s recent comment on Zoom TV: “Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women. People in the industry know about his background… that he has beaten actresses, he has molested them, his behaviour with women has always been crude but no publication has printed anything about it.”
Dutta’s revelations about Patekar behaving inappropriately while filming a song sequence over a decade ago defines Bollywood’s #MeToo movement. When she refused to comply, goons were reportedly sent after her. The controversy didn’t stop there. After Dutta’s allegations about Patekar surfaced, she also claimed similar harassment by Chocolate director Vivek Agnihotri during the making of the film.