In­dian ac­tress lays com­plaint

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY -

The In­dian ac­tress whose pub­lic al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by a Bol­ly­wood star is spark­ing a string of sim­i­lar #MeToo claims has filed a for­mal com­plaint.

For­mer Miss Uni­verse con­tes­tant Tanushree Dutta, pic­tured, first al­leged in 2008 that multi-award-win­ning Nana Patekar be­haved in­ap­pro­pri­ately to­wards her dur­ing the mak­ing of a ro­man­tic com­edy the same year.

No ac­tion was taken at the time against Patekar and she made no for­mal com­plaint.

But em­bold­ened by the global #MeToo cam­paign – where women have shared ac­counts of ha­rass­ment or as­sault – Dutta re­peated the al­le­ga­tions in a re­cent in­ter­view this week and went to the po­lice to of­fi­cially re­port the 2008 sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims.

“Dutta vis­ited the po­lice sta­tion and sub­mit­ted a writ­ten com­plaint,” Shailesh Pasal­war, a Mum­bai po­lice in­spec­tor, said.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.” –

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