#MeToo: Anu Malik no longer part of 'Indian Idol'

21 Octobre, 2018, 11:45 | Auteur: Christine Menetries

She was offered to join the show as a wildcard contestant but she refused an offer as Anu Malik had sexually harassed her seven years ago.

Following the allegations made by singers Sona Mohapatra, Shweta Pandit and two unnamed women against the musician, there were reports that said Sony had asked the musician to quit the show. Thank you, " Anu Malik told Republic TV. In ongoing 10th season of Indian Idol, Malik was co-judging the show alongside Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar. As reports flowing in, Malik has been asked to step down as an judge from ongoing reality show Indian Idol season 10. She also called him a "pedophile" and "sexual predator". Lyricist Sameer Anjaan also defended him and tweeted that no such incident took place.

"The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless". Describing the incident on Twitter, Shweta wrote, "He was recording a group song with Sunidhi and Shaan for the film "Awara Pagal Deewana", when my mother and I walked in the monitor room". After hearing her voice Anuji said "You have a good voice and I will definitely let you know for future projects", after that they left.

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A lawyer for the music director Thursday denied the claims against him, saying India's #MeToo movement is being used for his client's "character assassination".

Meanwhile, Danica D'Souza, based out of NY, has told mid-day that she knew of at least two women who had similar experiences with Anu Malik when she was assistant producer with FreemantleMedia India on Indian Idol 5. When she returned, she looked traumatised and told us of the unfortunate incident. "I have taken this stand". Her colleague narrated that how the singer tried to touch her thighs. It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach.

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