Aditi ren­ders un­con­di­tional apol­ogy to Ka­neez, says in­ten­tions were not sex­ual

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Aditi Mit­tal has is­sued an un­con­di­tional apol­ogy to fel­low comic Ka­neez Surka for vi­o­lat­ing her space but said her “in­ten­tions were not sex­ual in na­ture.” Surka ac­cused the come­di­enne of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, claim­ing the fel­low comic “forcibly kissed” her on the mouth two years ago at a com­edy show. Mit­tal said she gave the im­prov artiste, who was host­ing an open mic, a peck on the lips “as a joke as a part of the act” but “there was no tongue.” She had apol­o­gised later to Surka when she re­alised the dis­com­fort she had caused. “The in­ten­tions were not sex­ual in na­ture. I re­alised that af­ter talk­ing to Ka­neez that it was a vi­o­la­tion of her space and to this day both­ers her very much. For this I am un­con­di­tion­ally sorry,” Mit­tal wrote on Twit­ter. She said she and Surka talked about the mat­ter at length in 2017 and her con­tem­po­rary ac­cepted her un­con­di­tional apol­ogy. “We dis­cussed the ram­pant sex­ism in AIB which she was just dis­cov­er­ing and promised to have each other’s backs in a boys club,” Mit­tal said of the com­edy col­lec­tive of which Surka is an ac­tive part. Ad­dress­ing Surka’s claims that she had turned “hos­tile” to­wards her, Mit­tal said she be­gan to con­sciously avoid any place that she or any­one from those so­cial cir­cles might be, “out of re­spect for her space.” Mit­tal said Surka gave her a two-day ul­ti­ma­tum to speak up and when she did not, the lat­ter went ahead with her ac­count on so­cial me­dia. She apol­o­gised once again. Surka on Wed­nes­day al­leged Mit­tal vi­o­lated her bound­aries of per­sonal choice and “hu­mil­i­ated” her in front of an au­di­ence of 100 and many co­me­di­ans.

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