After the former Bollywood actress accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn Ok Please, many women from Bollywood and other industries came forward to talk about the gut-wrenching experience of sexual abuse and assault they had been subject to at work, naming their alleged perpetrator. Amongst the many celebrities, music composer Anu Malik was also one of them, who was accused of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement by multiple women. BREAKING! #MeToo Accused Anu Malik to Return to Indian Idol After Battling Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
Now, according to the latest report in Bollywood Hungama, Anu Malik has been banned from entering the premises of Yash Raj Studios. Yes, apparently the production house have a non-negotiable policy to stand firm against sex offenders. Even last year, YRF sacked their senior executive Ashish Patel after he was named in the Me Too allegations too.
Deccan Chronicle quoted a source from the YRF team as saying, "Anu Malik is not allowed to enter the Yash Raj studio gates. They have a non-negotiable policy to stand firm against people accused of sexual harassment. Last year, they sacked their senior executive Ashish Patel after he was accused of sexual misconduct." Anu Malik’s Sexual Misconduct: Nephew Amaal Malik Doesn’t Mince Words; Makes Brave Statements-Deets Inside!
Meanwhile, despite being named in the #MeToo movement last year, the latest reports suggest that Anu Malik will return as a judge on the singing reality show Indian Idol. This has definitely disappointed a lot of people. For the uninitiated, last year, singers Shweta Pandit and Sona Mohapatra had accused Malik of sexual harassment, and later two budding singers also levelled similar allegations against him.
The #MeToo movement in India has gathered momentum since it broke on social media with names from the media, film, and entertainment industries being called out. Prominent names like Rajat Kapoor, Vikas Bahl, Zulfi Syed, Sajid Khan, Kailash Kher, Subhash Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, among others were named and shamed for their sexual misconduct. Watch this space for further updates.
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