Nana Patekar dismisses Tanushree Dutta’s sexual harassment allegations, might take legal action

Eloise Marshall
September 27, 2018

When Nana Patekar misbehaved with me, he said out loud that he would do an intimate step with me as well in the song, which wasn't mentioned in my contract.

Patekar, who had remained unavailable for comment since the news broke also told Mirror Now, "What can I do about it?" The former Miss India took up the incident that happened 10 years ago and bared it all.

She went on to reveal that Nana Patekar had always been disrespectful towards women in the industry and everyone was aware of it. Change can only happen when we are actively involved bringing about the change and that is what I have been doing and not because I wanted to be smarter and somebody who starts movements. Tanushree said that though she spoke about it then as well, no one came forward in her support. "He was grabbing my hands and teaching me how to dance", Ms Dutta told NDTV in an interview. It was like people were hearing me, but were not listening. She also alleged that Mr Patekar sent goons from the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS after her when she rejected his advances.

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She also alleged that people in Bollywood knew about Nana Patekar's harassment of women actors but stayed mum about it, and big stars like Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth worked with him despite his acts of indecency against women in the film fraternity. "It's a wrong statement that Nana ji called members of some political party on set". He went on to add, "We will see what I can do legally". Later, he stressed that people can say whatever they want to say, it will not become a deterrent to his work.

Tanushree also alleged that he called goons to the set, who vandalised her auto as she attempted to leave.

So far, Bollywood has failed to respond to the accusations against Nana Patekar with anything like the condemnation with which Hollywood reacted to Harvey Weinstein. You can't get away with this behaviour. "It would have been out in 2009 itself if such a thing had happened". "Now whether such thing has happened it is for people to investigate it", he said. "What do you mean sexual harassment?" In the controversial interview that has taken film world and paparazzi by storms, she has fearlessly shared her experience of being inappropriately touched by the actor of Calibre, Nana Patekar.

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