In the ongoing controversy, actor Payal Ghosh has now revealed that cricketer Irfan Pathan knew about her conversations with director Anurag Kashyap. Saying that she doesn’t know why he is quiet now that the FIR is lodged against the filmmaker on several charges. Ghosh addressed Pathan as her once “good friend” and according to her, the former cricketer’s silence on this matter is worrisome while she continues to seek justice.

Ghosh took to Twitter handle to share, “I have definitely not talked about mr. kashyap raped me but I shared everything with @IrfanPathan about the conversations including (xyz) alas!! he is keeping mum inspite of knowing everything and once he claimed to be my good friend.”

She further tweeted, “The point of tagging @IrfanPathan doesn’t mean I have any interest in him but he’s the one I have shared everything about Mr. Kashyap but not d rape thing.. I know he believe in his faith and his elderly parents so I expect him to talk about whatever I shared wd him.”

In a follow-up post, she also revealed, “Not only we were good friends but I was his family friend. Let’s see dosti kaun kaun nibhate hai!!”

Payal Ghosh’s allegations

Earlier, the Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi actress Ghosh accused that the Gangs of Wasseypur director Kashyap had sexually harassed her in 2014 during an audition. The actress blamed the filmmaker had “forced himself” on her, an allegation Kashyap called “baseless”.

Ghosh, in an interview with ABN Telugu said that during an audition, Kashyap took her to a room, and “he opened his zip and tried to force his c**k inside my v****a by opening nada of my salwar kameez.” Speaking to ANI, she said, “Five years ago I met Anurag Kashyap regarding work. He called me to his house. When I went there, he took me to a separate room and tried to sexually assault me. He forced himself on me.” Soon, Kashyap responded on Twitter denying the allegations, claiming that “I neither behave like this nor do I ever tolerate this at any price.”

An FIR has been filed under Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (I) (rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement). Kashyap was then reportedly questioned for hours at the Versova Police station. Later, his lawyer released an official statement saying that Kashyap was out of the country at the time the interaction claimed by Ghosh took place.

Critically acclaimed director and producer of films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Queen, Gulaal, and Masaan, Kashyap found himself in a fix when in 2018 director Vikas Bahl‘s name was implicated in India’s #MeToo movement. Kashyap, who co-founded production house Phantom Films with Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, had his company dissolved after the allegations against Bahl. Two years back, Kashyap and Motwane had issued separate statements stating that they believe Bahl was guilty of the allegations levelled against him.

Also Read: Payal Ghosh says Anurag Kashyap ‘forced himself on me’ Smriti Irani makes statement

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