Following the questioning in the rape complaint filed against him by actor Payal Ghosh, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, through his lawyer Priyanka Khimani, issued a statement claiming that the allegations levelled against him are false and baseless.
The filmmaker has claimed that he was not in India when the incident, as alleged by Payal Ghosh had happened. Anurag Kashyap said he was not in India for a month and was shooting for a film in Sri Lanka. He has also submitted documents to the police officials substantiating his claim.
Notably, on Thursday, Anurag Kashyap was questioned by the Versova police in connection with the rape complaint filed against him. The complainant also met the Maharashtra governor to push for the filmmaker’s arrest. She has also demanded a Y-Plus security cover as has been granted to actor Kangana Ranaut.
Allegations against Anurag Kashyap baseless
The statement issued by the filmmaker’s counsel Priyanka Khimani reads: “In an FIR registered with the Versova Police Station, the actress has alleged that in August 2013, my client, Anurag Kashyap, called her to his house and sexually harassed her. My client presented himself for questioning before the investigating authority on October 1, 2020.”
“Anurag Kashyap has denied all wrongdoing in the matter and has provided his statement to the police. The material provided by Kashyap, in support of his statement, demonstrates that the complaint of the actress is an outright lie.”
“Kashyap has provided documentary proof of the fact that throughout August 2013 he was away in Sri Lanka in connection with the shooting of one of his films. Kashyap has categorically denied that any such alleged incident ever took place and has also denied all allegations levelled against him.”
Payal Ghosh may alter her version
The statement further provides, “These sudden, belated allegations of an alleged incident of August 2013 have been widely publicised by the Complainant for the purpose of vilifying Anurag Kashyap, irrespective of the outcome of the judicial process. Anurag Kashyap is confident that the falsity of the complaint has been exposed, not only by the evidence presented by Kashyap, but also the ever-shifting version of events put forth by the complainant in the media.”
“Anurag Kashyap is apprehensive that now that the falsity of her allegations in the FIR has been established, she will alter her version of events in the investigative process as well.”
In her statement, lawyer Priyanka Khimani added, “Anurag Kashyap is distressed with the false and reckless allegations made against him that have caused pain to him, his family and his fans. Anurag Kashyap intends to vigorously pursue the legal remedies available to him. Anurag Kashyap vehemently denies any such incident, as has been alleged, and has sought for severe action against the complainant for misusing the criminal justice system and for hijacking the Me Too Movement for her ulterior motives. Anurag Kashyap is confident that justice will prevail.”
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