Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta has been making the headlines for quite a while now since she had accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of ‘Horn Ok Please’ 10 years back. The ongoing #MeToo movement gained pace in Bollywood after Tanushree’s allegations and a lot of women in the industry have spoken up and shared their stories. While many celebrities lauded Tanushree for her bravery, there was one particular woman who narrated a completely different view on the matter.
Yes, we are talking about none other than Rakhi Sawant, who alleged that Tanushree is using the media for her own good and also called her a liar and a drug addict.
Rakhi is the same person who replaced Tanushree in a song in ‘Horn Ok Please’ after the later opted out of the same. Not only this but Rakhi also claimed in a press conference that Tanushree is a lesbian who has raped her on a number of occasions. Rakhi said:
“Aap (Tanushree) lesbian hain or aapne mera baar baar balatkaar kiya hai. Isne Rakhi Sawant ko target kiya hai. Jagah batau? Aap ayiye or kahye na ki aapne mera balatkaar nahi kiya? (Tanushree, you are a lesbian and you have raped me again and again. She has targeted Rakhi Sawant. Does she want to know about the place where she had raped me? Why doesn’t she come out now and say that she didn’t rape me?)
However, Tanushree has responded to the claims made by Rakhi and has rubbished all the allegations made by the model turned actress. Tanushree clearly mentioned that she is neither a druggie nor a lesbian and the fact that these are nothing but attempts, to stop her from speaking up.
“For those uninitiated in the art of guerrilla war tactics: Smear campaigns never run fair or square. So just to set the record straight: I’m not a drug addict, I don’t smoke or Drink and I am most definitely not a Lesbian. In fact, I’m too much of a woman for this patriarchal and misogynistic cesspool to handle. Hence, the perverted character assassination attempts to shut me up… it’s clearly not working”.
According to india.com, she urged everyone to not make a joke out such a serious movement which is unmasking some of the predators in Bollywood.
“Let’s not make a jokery of such a serious movement that can potentially bring positive changes of mindset in our society”.
It seems like that this is not the end yet and there is much more to come between the two in the future. Meanwhile, Tanushree is currently fighting a legal battle against Nana Patekar for sexually harassing her years back.