Actor Richa Chadha has initiated legal action against actor Payal Ghosh, who has accused filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of sexual assault. Ghosh, in an interview with ABN Telugu, had mentioned Chadha’s name.
Ghosh also named other actors such as Huma Qureshi and Mahi Gill in the video. Chadha tweeted a press release that read:
“Our Client ‘Ms. Richa Chadda’, condemns the act of her name being unnecessarily and falsely dragged in a defamatory manner into controversies and allegations being recently raised by third parties. Though our Client believes that genuinely wronged women should get justice at all costs, there are legislations that are intended to ensure that women have an equal standing in their workplace and to ensure that they have a cordial workplace in which their dignity and self-respect is protected. No woman should misuse their liberties to harass other women with unsubstantiated or non-existent, false and baseless allegations. Our Client has initiated appropriate legal action and shall further pursue her legal rights and remedies in law as may be advised in her best interest.”
The press release was signed by her advocate Saveena Bedi Sachar.
Ghosh alleged in the video that Kashyap had assaulted her in 2015.
Kashyap, who had denied the allegations on Sunday, also said in a press release that he was taking legal recourse.
The statement from his lawyer said:
“My client, Anurag Kashyap, has been deeply pained by the false allegations of sexual misconduct that have recently surfaced against him. These allegations are completely false, malicious and dishonest. It is sad that the social media movement as important as the #meetoo movement has been co-opted by Fictitious allegations of this nature seriously undermine the movement and seek to unconscionably trade upon the pain and trauma of actual victims of sexual harassment and abuse. My client has been advised about his rights and remedies in law and intends to pursue them to the fullest extent - Priyanka Khimani”
On Saturday, Ghosh had tweeted ”@anuragkashyap72 has forced himself on me and extremely badly. @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji, kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. Pls help!”
Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women, has asked Ghosh to send them a formal complaint.