MUMBAI: Pakistani cricketer turned umpire Asad Rauf, who was accused of sexually exploiting Indian model Leena Kapoor, admitted that his pictures with her are real, but categorically denied having any relationship with Kapoor.
According to a report by NDTV, a model from Oshiwara, a neighbourhood in Mumbai, had accused Rauf of exploiting her after promising to marry her.
Rauf, talking to Express News, said that Kapoor forced him into recommending her for the TV reality show "Bigg Boss" as he has good relations with people in Bollywood, "But, the show's organisers said that they do not accept entries via recommendations/references, so I ended contact with her [Kapoor]," he said.
He added that Kapoor was hurling allegations to gain “cheap publicity” and that it was a move to defame Pakistan. He also said that the model had taken pictures with him as a fan.
Calling it a personal matter, Rauf claimed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had told him the same, adding that he will visit India in January for the India-England series.
The model, Kapoor, in her written complaint to a local deputy commissioner of police (DCP), had alleged that she had met the former cricketer in Sri Lanka a few months back after which they spent a few days together.
The complainant had alleged that Rauf told her he would marry her and would also get her an apartment. She said that he did disclose his marital status and the fact that he had children but added that religion allowed him to have more than one wife.
As per the complaint, they met after that many times, including during the Indian Premiere League (IPL), after which he had, when asked about marriage, said that “it would happen soon”.
The complaint reports that when she called him a few days ago, he did not respond and around five days back, he refused to have any future interactions, allegedly saying he did not know her.
The DCP office confirmed the receipt of a letter and said they would launch an inquiry into the matter.