In the wake of #MeeToo movement, Anu Malik has been accused of sexual harassment by singer Shweta Pandit. Sharing her #MeToo story the other day on Twitter, Shweta had alleged that Malik asked her to give a kiss when she was just 15.
Earlier today, Anu Malik’s lawyer has issued a statement denying all the claims made on the singer as false and baseless. The statement reads, “The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #metoo movement but to use this movement to start a character assasination mission is obnoxious.”
Well now, Sameer Anjaan, one of the famous lyricists has come out in support of Anu Malik by sharing his side of the story. He tweeted about the same and said how he was present at the recording studio when Shweta and her mother had visited them. Inthe post he also said how Anu asked Shweta to sing in front of all instead of singing in other room. He wrote, This is really shocking and sad that today people can pass any comment without any proof .
— Sameer (@SameerAnjaan) October 18, 2018
For the uninitiated, Shweta Pandit accuses Anu Malik of sexual harassment. In a long post on Twitter, Pandit has recounted her ordeal and called Malik a “pedophile and sexual predator”.
“It was the year 2000 when I was launched as a lead singer with Mohabbatein and was trying to get other good songs to follow up with the success of that soundtrack and the outstanding welcome it gave me in the music industry,” she wrote.
“I got a call from Anu Malik’s then manager, Mustafa, to come to Andheri’s Empire Studio sometime in mid 2001. I was thrilled, like any singer would be. I used to admire his music and practice his songs for hours. I used to admire and look up to him back then,” she stated.
“He was recording a group song with Sunidhi and Shaan for the film ‘Awara Pagal Deewana’, when my mother and I walked in the monitor room. He told me to wait in the small cabin inside where singers sang at Empire studio. It was just him and me there,” she said.
“I sang it well so he said, ‘I’ll give you this song with Sunidhi and Shaan but first give me a kiss now’. He then smiled, what I’d recall the most evil grin I’ve seen. I went numb and pale in the face. I was only 15 years old then, still in school,” she said.
“Can anyone even imagine what it felt that moment? It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. I referred to this man as ‘Anu uncle’ he knew my entire family for decades and knew us as a respected gharana of musicians…,” Pandit continued.
Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up – its now or never. This is my #MeToo and have to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp @IndiaMeToo
Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this pic.twitter.com/e261pGQyEq
— Shweta Pandit (@ShwetaPandit7) October 17, 2018
The Me Too campaign has gained great momentum in India recently. Many celebrities have been leveled with sexual harassment and misconduct allegations.