Actor Nana Patekar has responded to a show-cause notice which was sent by Cine and TV Artists Association(CINTAA) over Tanushree Dutta’s allegations of sexual harassment.
Nana Patekar responded to the notice and denied all allegations of sexual misconduct. News agency ANI quoted him saying, “In his response he stated allegations levelled against him are baseless and false, also stated that he is in process of adopting legal measures against Tanushree.”
Dutta’s allegations triggered a tidal wave of sexual harassment charges on social media against powerful figures, setting off the #MeToo movement in India.
Dutta has accused Nana Patekar of trying to force her to perform intimate dance steps while she was shooting a song for Rakesh Sarang’s 2008 film Horn Ok Pleasss. She also said that even though the industry insiders allegedly knew about Nana Patekar’s alleged indecent behaviour with women, no one spoke about it.
On the other hand, CINTAA has also taken steps against celebrities who have been accused. Alok Nath who was accused of rape by Vinta Nanda was also sent a show-cause notice. Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin also accused Alok Nath.
Apart from Nana Patekar and Alok Nath, many powerful men in the Indian film industry like filmmaker Vikas Bahl, Housefull 4 director Sajid Khan, filmmaker Subhash Ghai have been named in the list of sexual predators.