Anurag Kashyap’s Ex-Wives Slam Payal Ghosh’s Sexual Assault Claims

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

21st Sep, 2020. 10:33 pm
Anurag Kashyap's Ex-Wives Slam Payal Ghosh's Sexual Assault Claims

The two ex-wives of renowned Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap have defended their ex-husband, dismissing allegations of sexual harassment levelled at the filmmaker by actress Payal Ghosh.

Actress Payal Ghosh in her short tweet on September 19 mentioned filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and claimed that the filmmaker tried to force himself on her.

In his short tweet, Pail Ghosh also mentioned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded to take notice of the incident.

The actress had demanded the Indian Prime MInister Nerendera Modi  to take notice and arrest the filmmaker and tell the people that the devil is hiding behind a creative person.

After being tweeted by Payal Ghosh, the hashtag #MeToo started trending again on Twitter in India on September 19 and 20 and many people expressed astonishment at Payal Ghosh’s revelations.

Later, Anurag Kashyap, in a series of tweets in Hindi, denied Ghosh’s allegations and sent a message to her that she was also polluting other women due to her stubbornness.

After which both the ex-wives of the filmmaker have also slammed the allegations of Payal Ghosh.

Anurag Kashyap first married Indian film editor Aarti Bajaj in 2003, which lasted for six years and they have a daughter.

The filmmaker was married to actress Kalki Koechlin for the second time in 2011 and the two separated four years later in 2015.

Anurag Kashyap’s first ex-wife Aarti Bajaj defended him and issued a statement.

Aarti Bajaj wrote in an Instagram post, “You are a rockstar @anuragkashyap10. Keep empowering women as you do and the safest place you create for all of them. I see it first hand with our daughter. There is no integrity left and the world is full of losers and no brains baying for blood of anyone who has a voice. If everybody spends the energy which they use in hating others constructively this world will be a better place. Cheapest stunt I have seen till now. First it made me angry then I laughed so hard as it cannot come more framed then this . I am sorry that you have to go through this .That’s the level of them. You stay HIGH and keep using your voice. We love you.”

On the other hand, Kalki Koechlin, the second ex-wife of the filmmaker, also denied the allegations against Anurag Kashyap in a message released on the social networking site Twitter and wrote, “Dear Anurag, don’t let this social media circus get to you, you have fought for the freedom of women in your scripts, you’ve defended their integrity in your professional space as well as in your personal life. I have been witness to it, in the personal and professional space you have always seen me as your equal, you have stood up for my integrity even after our divorce, and you have supported me when I felt unsafe in a work environment even before we got together. This strange time where everyone gets to abuse one another and make false claims without any repercussions is a dangerous and repulsive one. It is destroying families, friends and countries. But there is a place of dignity that exists beyond this virtual blood bath, a place of paying attention to the needs of those around you, a place of being kind even when no one is looking, and I know you are very familiar with that place.”

On the other hand, Anurag Kashyap’s lawyer has also issued a statement in which the allegations of actress Payal Ghosh have been rejected.

“My client, Anurag Kashyap, has been deeply pained by the false allegations of sexual misconduct that have recently surfaced against him. These allegations are completely false, malicious and dishonest. It is sad that a social movement as important as the #metoo movement has been co-opted by vested interests and reduced to a mere tool for character assassination. Fictitious allegations of this nature seriously undermine the movement and seek to unconscionably trade upon the pain and trauma of actual victims of sexual harassment and abuse. My client has been advised about his rights and remedies in law and intends to pursue them to the fullest extent – Priyanka Khimani.”

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