Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, who is currently in news after Tanushree Dutta accused him of harassing her on the sets of their 2008 film “Horn Ok Pleassss”, on October 8 addressed a press conference in Mumbai to share his views on the allegations.
When reports asked Nana about his views on Tanushree’s sexual harassment allegations, the “Krantiveer” actor said: “”What should I say? I said 10 years ago. The truth which was 10 years ago, remains the same today and will continue to be tomorrow as well.”
“My lawyer has advised me not to speak on the matter. Hence I kept silent. Otherwise, I would have no issues talking to the press,” the actor added.
— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2018
Meanwhile, many Bollywood actors like Chitrangada Singh, Freida Pinto and Parineeti Chopra among others came out in support of Tanushree.
Pinto took to her Instagram account to extend her support. She posted a pic with “I Believe Tanushree Dutta” written on it. She captioned it as: “Today, I interrupt my feed for a bit from all the fashion week poses to stand by what I truly Believe. I Believe Tanushree Dutta!.”
Here’s her full Instagram post:
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Today, I interrupt my feed for a bit from all the fashion week poses to stand by what I truly Believe. I Believe Tanushree Dutta! I don't need to know her personally, neither have been present on that horrendous day she got bullied, abused both sexually and psychologically, intimidated and shut down inorder to corroborate her story. However, I do know what Truth, Hurt and Abuse sounds like. The same way millions of people in the world know that Dr. Christine Blasey- Ford is NOT a Liar or an attention seeking, tantrum throwing overgrown child. I add my voice to the other voices coming out in support of Tanushree's bravery because God knows this is not going to be easy for you, Tanushree. But what you have done is monumental and important and it has to shake the very core of a nation and an ideology that for too long has gotten away with heinous crimes against women and where the ugliness of misogyny has dominated the rights and suppressed any voice that has dared to speak up. Also, even if someone speaks up ( and in Tanushree's case- speaks up AGAIN) 10 years later, it doesn't dilute or nullify a factual, verified, double verified truth. Her story is not a carton of milk that expires after a few days, ready to be discarded. So trolls : please do what you do best but it is not going to change the Truth. India – Stand Up, Speak Up. Don't look to just your superstars to speak up. Be your own role models and follow the voice of your conscience. Follow the truth and stand by a woman's right to be her own wind keeper. You may just end up setting an example for many others who probably need your grit and courage to speak up. I SUPPORT TANUSHREE DUTTA.
Chitrangada too extended her support to Tanushree and said: “If it is the truth and even if you speak about it after 5 years or 10 years, we must listen to it, give importance to it and do justice to it. I support Tanushree. She has taken 10 years to talk about it. In rape cases or molestation cases, most of the times the victim doesn’t feel confident to speak about it immediately. But whenever they want to express themselves, then as a society we should support them and give them a hearing at least.”
In 2008, Tanushree raised the issue with the makers of the film but they failed to react on it.
Nana, on the other hand, has consistently denied the accusation. In 2008 too, he had held a conference to dismiss the allegations.