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Actress who accused Aditya Pancholi of rape, says he spiked drink, blackmailed her with photos

The 36-yr-old said that she met Pancholi in 2004 when she moved to Mumbai.

Jul 03, 2019, 06.46 PM IST
Pancholi has been granted interim relief from arrest till July 19.
MUMBAI: A leading Bollywood actor, who lodged a case of rape against actor Aditya Pancholi last month, has claimed in her statement to the police that he also blackmailed her when she was a newcomer in the film industry.

Pancholi (54) has denied all her allegations.

The Versova police here last month registered a first information report (FIR) against Pancholi under the Indian Penal Code sections 376 (rape), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 384 (extortion), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

In her statement to the police, she said she met Pancholi in 2004 when she landed in Mumbai "with the dream of becoming a big actor someday".

In the same year, she said she went to a party with him, where after having a drink she started feeling dizzy.

She suspected that he had spiked her drink, she stated.

Pancholi, while dropping her home, stopped the car in the middle of the road and "started getting forcefully physical with me", she alleged.

Pancholi then took her pictures without her knowledge, and the next time they met, he told her that "we now share a relationship like the one between a husband and wife and we will live that way", she said.

"I told him he was my father's age and I want to marry someone who is as old as me," the woman said, alleging that Pancholi then showed her the photographs and blackmailed her.

"At the time, I was quite young, I had no one in Mumbai and he took advantage of that," the 36-year-old actor added.

Pancholi moved a court seeking anticipatory bail after the FIR was registered. The Dindoshi sessions court here has granted him interim relief from arrest till July 19 when his application will be heard next.

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2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'.What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress quashed the rumours. However, director Vikas Bahl, who was one of the prime accusees, has been set free from all charges against him. The internal complaints committee of Reliance Entertainment, today, set the 'Queen' director free, who was accused by an employee of Phantom films under the #MeToo movement.(In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)

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