Tanushree Dutta accused of filing false case

Published: June 15, 2019
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Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta gestures as she talks to reporters in Mumbai, India. PHOTO REUTERS

Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta gestures as she talks to reporters in Mumbai, India. PHOTO REUTERS

A closure report filed by the Mumbai Police into allegations of molestation against actor Nana Patekar has accused actor Tanushree Dutta of filing a “false case” after the film producer asked her to pay compensation for walking out of the film and cancelling the day’s shoot, reported The Indian Express.

Dutta was to shoot an item number in the film Horn Ok Pleassss in March 2008.

PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

In an FIR registered at Oshiwara police station last October, Dutta had claimed that the song was originally supposed to feature only her but Patekar had inserted himself into it after speaking to producer Samee Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang and choreographer Ganesh Acharya. She alleged that Patekar touched her inappropriately on the pretext of teaching her the steps.

During the investigation, police claimed to have found no proof to support Dutta’s claims. The investigation also concluded that Dutta “intentionally” lodged a false case against the four men when Siddiqui told her that she would have to compensate for the losses caused.

PHOTO: NDTV

PHOTO: NDTV

In his statement to the police, Patekar claimed that he did not know how to dance and that it had taken him 25 to 30 attempts to get a hold of his steps. Patekar also said he and Dutta did not dance together and added that there was some space between them when the song was being shot.

The police report states that Dutta only discussed concerns of monetary loss caused to her as a result of walking out of the film. It also found that a complaint given by her father, Tapankumar Dutta, to Goregaon police station contained no mention of alleged sexual harassment by Patekar.

“Nowhere does the FIR, registered at Goregaon police station, mention that Patekar molested Dutta,” mentioned the closure report.

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