Tanushree Dutta has recently silenced the buzz that Mumbai Police have claimed that witness' statements don't support sexual harassment accusations against Nana Patekar made by Tanushree Dutta.
The actress who had earlier accused actor Nana Patekar and choreographer Ganesh Acharya of sexual harassment has clarified that the report doing the rounds of the internet is “false” and that actor Nana Patekar hasn't been given clean chit in the case, Tanushree accused the actor's PR team of spreading the “false rumour”.
Last year Tanushree Dutta accused the actor and the choreographer that the two of them forced her to do an intimate step with Nana which she was not comfortable with. This happened in 2009 on the sets of her movie Horn Ok Pleassss.
In a statement, Tanushree has said, “There is a false rumour floating in the media that Nana Patekar has been given clean chit by Police in the harassment case. I wish to clarify that the Mumbai police have given no such statement and that the investigation on the matter is still ongoing as confirmed by my advocate Nitin Satpute and the Mumbai Police.”
The actress also said that her advocate Nitin Satpute will hold a press conference on her behalf soon and offer clarification on the ongoing proceedings of the case. Tanushree further alleged in the statement, “We have come to know that Nana Patekar's public relations team is responsible for spreading this false rumour because the accused in harassment cases are not getting any work in the industry and this is their attempt at damage control and fixing public image.”
The actor urged the media and public “to not jump to conclusions based on hearsay and to please check facts doubly before printing as there is too much misinformation being spread and the public needs to know the truth on the matter.”
Tanushree claimed the investigation has been slowed down and many witnesses have received threat calls from Nana's close aides and false witnesses has been presented. In the statement, Tanushree said, “It is true that the investigation has been slow due to constant threat calls from Nana's people received by many key witnesses from our side who have been unable to record their statement due to fear and intimidation. False witnesses have been presented in their place to mislead the investigation. Calls have been coming to witnesses from all kinds of sources to discourage them from telling the truth. Under such circumstances what manner of investigation or justice is possible?”
She further added, “But I still have hope that no matter how long it takes, I can expect to see Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Sami Siddique and director Rakesh Sawant behind bars for orchestrating the harassment and mob attack on me and my family in our car.”
Tanushree further questioned the rumours and claimed that there is major foul play going on “How can the cops give a clean chit to one person when my FIR was filed against four people?? So there is major foul play going on here with all sorts of lies being spread by Nana's team.” said the actress
To the four people Tanushree has accused in her complaint, the actor sent out a message saying, “10 years I stayed away from the industry because of the trauma of the mob attack, the harassment and the public humiliation you put me through. I will not let you get off the hook so easily. Let the sword of jail and public scrutiny hang over your heads at least a decade till you are brought to your knees in humility and repentance!! An eye for an eye and a decade for a decade unless you are forgiven by grace. You will repent and ask for forgiveness until then I'm not dropping this case. Let it go on for as long as it can. I have time on my side!!”
Tanushree's accusations towards Nana Patekar of sexual harassment gave rise to the #MeToo movement.