Farhan Mallick of Samaa TV was accused of forcing out a female employee after she refused his sexual advances and complained to him about persistent harassment in the office.
In a lawsuit, Areeba Khan, a longtime employee of Samaa TV, who left the network, portrays Mallick as a loutish and serial sexual harasser, accusing him of ogling her in his office, calling her “sexy”.
Her charges — including the accusation that Farhan Mallick explicitly asked Areeba for a sexual relationship during a meeting in his office.
Samaa TV like always tried to cover the matter and save Farhan Mallick, but Areeba stood strong against him and filed a petition.
Farhan Mallick to prove his false innocence released a statement stating,
“Areeba khan’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract,” which he attributed to ratings he called “disappointingly low.’’
He added,“This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”
This is not the first time when Samaa TV giants have been accused of Sexual harassment. In 2018, a radio broadcaster based in Islamabad, Tehreem Muneeba was harassed while working in Samaa FM in 2018. She had quit her job after she was harassed by her colleagues.
After battling with the harassers for 2 years, and winning the case, Tehreem revealed that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Focal Person on Information Analytics Fahd Haroon had protected her harassers.