Ra­jat Kapoor apol­o­gises in wake of sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE -

Ac­tor-film­maker Ra­jat Kapoor is the lat­est Bol­ly­wood celebrity, af­ter Queen di­rec­tor Vikas Bahl and ac­tor Nana Patekar, to be ac­cused of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing a woman (women in Vikas and Ra­jat’s cases).

Writer-jour­nal­ist Sand­hya Menon posted screen­shots of a chat with an anony­mous jour­nal­ist who ac­cused Ra­jat of ha­rass­ing her. She wrote that in the mid­dle of a tele­phonic in­ter­view, he asked her, “…Are you as sexy as you sound? Stunned, I let it pass and tried to veer the in­ter­view to­wards other ques­tions. He wouldn’t let it go. Tell me your vi­ral stats, he says. And he kept on — do you come to Mumbai? No, I said. I don’t. Why don’t you, he said, I will put you up...” (sic)

An­other woman shared her en­counter with Ra­jat, to Sand­hya, “More than 10 years ago, when I was... as­sis­tant di­rec­tor on a film, he would call me in­ces­santly from his friend (ac­tor) Sau­rabh Shukla’s phone (he didn’t have a phone) and ask me to “shoot a film” for him. I didn’t fall for his crap, but I’m sure some­one des­per­ate enough to make it big in the film in­dus­try would have.”

A film­maker mean­while ac­cused Ra­jat on Twit­ter of al­legedly mak­ing 17 un­so­licited calls to her, and then “cursed out” for not an­swer­ing calls.

HT couldn’t in­de­pen­dently ver­ify the ve­rac­ity of the ac­cu­sa­tions. De­spite re­peated re­quests, Ra­jat Kapoor didn’t re­spond to the mat­ter till the time of go­ing to press.

He, how­ever, posted an apol­ogy on Twit­ter. He wrote, “All my life I have tried to be a de­cent man, to do the right thing. If how­ever, I have slipped and through my ac­tions or words caused pain or hurt or trauma to ab­so­lutely any­body, please ac­cept my apol­ogy. I am sorry from the bot­tom of my heart… If there is one thing more im­por­tant to me than even my work, it is to be a good hu­man be­ing. And I have tried to be that per­son. And now, I will try harder.”

When con­tacted, ac­tor Ran­vir Shorey, who worked with Ra­jat in many films said, “I’m un­aware of this, so I don’t think I’m in a position to say any­thing at the mo­ment.”

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

Ac­tor Ra­jat Kapoor has been ac­cused of ha­rass­ment by three women, one of whom claimed he used ac­tor Sau­rabh Shukla’s (left) phone to stalk her

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