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Anu Malik denies sexual harassment allegations, says ‘can’t imagine committing the acts’

Music director Anu Malik took to Instagram to deny the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him. He is is currently a judge on Sony TV's Indian Idol.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | November 14, 2019 7:54:54 pm
anu malik me too Anu Malik took to Instagram to deny the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him. (Photo: Anu Malik/Instagram)

Music director Anu Malik on Thursday broke his silence on the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him. The composer took to Instagram to post a statement denying all the allegations.

Anu Malik wrote, “It has been over a year that I have been accused of something that I haven’t done. I have been silent all this while as I was waiting for the truth to surface on its own. But I realize that my silence on the matter has been misconstrued as my weakness.”

“Ever since the false and unverified allegations were levelled against me, it has not only ruined my reputation, but affected me and my family’s mental health, left us traumatised, and tarnished my career. I feel helpless, like I am being cornered and suffocated,” he continued.

The composer questioned why any of these allegations weren’t brought up before. “Why wasn’t this spoken about before? Why do these allegations resurface only when I am back on television, which is currently my only source of livelihood?” He vehemently denied all the allegations and wrote, “Being a father of two daughters, I can’t imagine committing the acts that I am accused of, let alone do it.”

“If this keeps on continuing, I will have no option but to knock on the doors of the courts to safeguard myself,” he shared.

Singer Sona Mohapatra had earlier accused Anu Malik of predatory behaviour on Twitter. Singer Shweta Pandit accused him of misbehaving with her when she was only 15 years old. She shared on Twitter, “Asking for proof inspite of so many women & singers speaking up against the same pervert? Any damn guy who ever asked any of us for proof, after a person has been called out as a repeat offender by so many, should know they are molesters in the making! Full of hypocrites around.”

Neha Bhasin took to Twitter to accuse Malik as she wrote, “Anu Malik is a predator, i too have run away from his strange moves when i was 21. I didn’t let myself get into a sticky situation beyond him lying on a sofa in front of me talking about my eyes in a studio. I fled lying my mums waiting below. He even msgd and called me after that to which i stopped responding. The point is i went to give him my cd and hope for a chance at a song. He was older and shouldnt have behaved the way he did. @The_AnuMalik is an ugly pervert”

Read Anu Malik’s full statement:

It has been over a year that I have been accused of something that I haven’t done. I have been silent all this while as I was waiting for the truth to surface on its own. But I realize that my silence on the matter has been misconstrued as my weakness.

Ever since the false and unverified allegations were levelled against me, it has not only ruined my reputation, but affected me and my family’s mental health, left us traumatised and tarnished my career. I feel helpless, like I am being cornered and suffocated.

It’s disgraceful that at this age, at this stage in my life I have to watch the most slanderous words and horrifying incidents being associated with my name.

Why wasn’t this spoken about before? Why do these allegations resurface only when I back on television, which is currently my only source of livelihood?

Being a father of two daughters, I can’t imagine committing the acts that I am accused of, let alone do it.

Fighting a battle on social media is an endless process, at the end of which nobody wins. If this keeps on continuing, I will have no option but to knock on the doors of the courts to safeguard myself.

I would like to thank my well-wishers who have been with me and my family through this dark phase. I don’t know how much more slander and dirt my family and I can take.

The show must go on. But behind this happy face, I’m in pain. I’m in a dark space.

And justice is all I want.

Anu Malik

Anu Malik is currently a judge on Sony TV’s Indian Idol.

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