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Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia‘s battle turned ugly after the actress accused the business tycoon of physically abusing her in public during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. The actress went on seek the help of police as she filed a complaint against her former beau Ness alleging that he not only behaved inappropriately with her in public but was also screaming abuses to her in front of the team. When Ness was informed about this case, he however claimed in a statement that he was shocked by these allegations.
Amidst the ongoing blame games, Preity took to Twitter and wrote an open letter to the public and media saying, “I may not be super wealthy and powerful but I have truth by my side and I’ve worked very hard all my life and tried to earn respect for myself as a self made professional. It saddens me that no one at work or around ever stood up for me in the past when I was abused and insulted publicly. This time I was left with no option but to take this stern step as this incident happened in front of way too many people.
Sometimes we are so ashamed and humiliated that we fool ourselves to believe that no one saw what happened. Everyone always looks away as if they don’t exist or then we don’t exist. People are embarrassed just enough to look away, but not too embarrassed to intervene.
Ironically what happened at Wankade is being diluted by every other fabricated story about my character except the truth of what happened. I’m sure the witnesses will speak the truth and I trust and believe that the police will do their job fairly and quickly.
No woman likes to be involved in a controversy like this which makes her open and vulnerable for all to take a dig at. I have worked for over 15 years in the film industry and have never been subject to such humiliating behaviour and for that I really want to thank all the men that worked with me. Through all our highs and lows my head was always held high.
Every human being has a limit to how much they can take ; some of us foolishly call it strength and try to look ahead focusing on the positives of work and life. All these years I have never said anything about him in the media but now I have no choice.
I humbly request the media and my supporters to please focus on the issue and the incident that happened in Wankade and not turn this and me into a TV soap. This is not easy for me and my intention is not to harm anyone but simply to protect myself and to stand up for myself. I don’t want any sympathy from anyone but I will sincerely appreciate it if people do not try to take away my dignity in the process of my fight for respect at my workplace. I think after all these years I deserve it and I’m not asking for too much.”
After her complaint, the police immediately got on to investigating the matter and even asked for the CCTV footage of the day’s event.
However, further investigation of the footage did not have any leads as the camera was panning through the crowd and did not focus on any particular location. Also the examination of two witnesses (unnamed) wasn’t fruitful since the two of them weren’t willing to co-operate.
Now we hear that the police will examine more witnesses post which they will call Ness Wadia to record his statement. They are also waiting for Preity, who is currently on a trip to Los Angeles, to return, since she flew to the said destination after filing the complaint.