Nana Patekar, who was accused by Tanushree Dutta of sexually harassing her on the sets of a movie, has almost got a clean chit from the police as eyewitnesses refuse to corroborate her allegations. However, Tanushree Dutta says the eyewitnesses have been doctored.
Mumbai: Nana Patekar was accused by Tanushree Dutta of sexually harassing her on the sets of a film. Now, Patekar has almost got a clean chit from the police as there are no eyewitnesses.
Reportedly, the police have till date recorded statements from 15 people, where none of them confirmed the allegations to be true. As reported, people either don’t recall about the decade-old incident or they don’t match with Tanushree’s allegations.
Actress Daisy Shah is one among the witnesses. She was an assistant to choreographer Ganesh Acharya on the sets of the film. Even her statement didn’t match with Tanushree’s allegations.
However, Tanushree says most of these witnesses are Nana Patekar’s friends and hence, there is a very little possibility that they could speak against him.
Tanushree said “Who are these witnesses? Are they from my side or Nana’s side? They are Nana’s friends, then why will they corroborate my story? I don’t need witnesses to prove that I was harassed. The truth is sometimes difficult to prove that I was harassed. The cops have been so slow with the probe. Most of the people from whom they are talking (sic) statements are the ones who matched (sic) me getting harassed and did nothing to support me. So how will they speak now in my support? The mentality of people is such that they will lie to protect such criminals and prove the woman wrong.”
The pioneer of #MeToo movement has sought the police to do an intense investigation and also claimed Nana’s supporters have been threatening people who wanted to speak in support of the actress.
Tanushree had accused Nana and Ganesh Acharya of sexual harassment on the sets of “Horn Ok Pleassss,” but both of them had denied the allegations.
She said, “Some of the witnesses who wish to give statements in support of my story are receiving calls from Nana’s people. We have faced a lot of difficulty in convincing witnesses to give their statements, as they are scared. So the people ho know the truth are being hounded and replaced by fake witnesses who are speaking lies. But I still have faith that all the accused will be punished because I am fighting this battle not for myself but for those who suffer silently.”
Last Updated May 16, 2019, 1:10 PM IST