#MeToo: T-series’ Bhushan Kumar accused of sexual harassment, denies
The chairman of T-series, Bhushan Kumar had been accused of sexual harassment by a unnamed woman. The woman claimed that Kumar had called her to a bungalow for a three film deal and threatened to destroy her career if she refused. “I was new and I was scared, very scared!! The next day i got to know that i was dropped from the film bcoz i had refused to sleep with the ‘boss’(sic),” her tweets says.
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Kumar denied the allegation in a statement issued to PTI, which reads, “I am appalled and anguished to know that my name has been dragged in this metoo by some anonymous person(s). The allegations against me are bad on the face of it. I have enjoyed an impeccable reputation and have always maintained professionalism. The tweet has been used as a tool to defame me and malign my reputation. I have taken this allegation very seriously and lodging a complaint with the cyber cell of the Mumbai Police to track the mysterious people(s) whose twitter handles have disappeared within seconds of uploading the malicious tweet. I’ll take all such actions as I will be legally advised.”
Recently, T-series also dropped Subhash Kapoor as the director of its upcoming film, Mogul after an old allegation resurfaced. As per a report in Hindustan Times, Aamir Khan recently left Mogul. The film was based on the life of Gulshan Kumar.
Many big names in Bollywood such as Vikas Bahl, Subhash Ghai, Nana Patekar, Alok Nath and Sajid Khan have been accused of harassment in what is being seen as the new wave of India’s #MeToo movement.