Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap was recently called by Mumbai Police after model Payal Ghosh accused him of sexual harassment and rape.
Kashyap recorded his statement and his lawyer Priyanka Himani has released the statement on his behalf. In the statement, Kashyap denied all the allegations and shared his proofs.
The statement mentioned, “According to an FIR registered with the Versova Police Station, Ms. Payal Ghosh has alleged that in August 2013, my client, Mr. Anurag Kashyap, called her to his house and sexually harassed her. Mr. Kashyap has denied all wrongdoing in the matter and has provided his statement to the police. The material provided by Mr. Kashyap, in support of his statement, demonstrates that the complaint of Ms. Ghosh is an outright lie.”
The statement also mentioned that the filmmaker provided “documentary proof” to verify his stay in Sri Lanka in August 2013, for the shooting of one of his films. “Mr. Kashyap has categorically denied any such alleged incident and has also denied all allegations leveled against him.”
“These sudden, belated allegations of an alleged incident in August 2013 have been widely publicized by the plaintiff for the purpose of vilifying Mr. Kashyap, irrespective of the outcome of the judicial process. Mr. Kashyap is confident that the falsity of the complaint has been exposed, not only by the evidence presented by him but also by the ever-shifting versions of events put forth by Ms. Ghosh in the media.”
Lawyer Himani also stated that the Gangs of Wasseypur director is “apprehensive” since the ‘falsity’ of Ghosh’s allegations have been established and claims that, “She will alter her version of events in the forthcoming investigative process as well.”
“Mr. Kashyap is distressed with the false and reckless allegations made against him that have caused pain to him, his family, and his fans. He intends to vigorously pursue the legal remedies available to him. Mr. Kashyap vehemently denies any such incident, as has been alleged, and has sought for severe action against Ms. Ghosh for misusing the criminal justice system and for hijacking the #MeToo movement for her ulterior motives. Mr. Kashyap is confident that justice will prevail.”