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Music composer Anu Malik, accused in multiple #MeToo accounts, is no longer a part of singing reality show Indian Idol 10, read a statement from Sony Entertainment Television (on which the show airs), reports news agency ANI. Anu Malik has been one of the judges on Indian Idol since the show first aired in 2004. He co-judged Indian Idol 10 with Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar. "Anu Malik is no longer a part ofIndian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we'll invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge extraordinary talent of Indian Idol Season 10, read the full statement.
Singer Sona Mohapatra and later, Shweta Pandit accused the 57-year-old music composer of sexual harassment. Two aspiring singers also levelled similar allegations against him recently.
Last week, Shweta Pandit, in a Twitter post, recounted her #MeToo story in an incident which dates back to 2000. She alleged that once in a cabin at a studio, Anu Malik told her he would give her a song with Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan "but first give me a kiss now". She also called him a "pedophile" and "sexual predator."
Sona Mohapatra has named Anu Malik and Kailash Kher in her #MeToo accounts.
In any case, Anu Malik has denied the charges that he explicitly irritated Shweta Pandit. Lyricist Sameer Anjaan likewise shielded him and tweeted that no such episode occurred. In a long web based life post, he composed that Anu Malik requested that Shweta sing yet she asked for him in the event that she could give the voice test from a different room.
The claims made against my customer are determinedly denied as totally false and unjustifiable. My customer regards the #MeToo Movement yet to utilize this development to begin a character death mission is upsetting," Anu Malik's legal advisor Zulfiquar Memon was cited as saying by news organization IANS.In the mean time, Danica D'Souza, based out of New York, has told noontime that she knew about no less than two ladies who had comparable encounters with Anu Malik when she was partner maker with FreemantleMedia India on Indian Idol 5.
"This episode happened in Kolkata. One of our partners from the creation group was going with a cameraman and Malik in an auto to get sound chomps. When she returned, she looked damaged and let us know of the disastrous episode. She said once they had wrapped up their work, Malik contacted her thigh in the auto, and groped her. She was startled. The cameraman, who was sitting in the front seat, didn't know about what was happening behind him," Ms D'Souza told early afternoon.
She likewise claimed Anu Malik would allude to her as "dear, child and sweety, which made her awkward." "They are very much aware of his conduct with ladies. I don't know why they are still calm," she told late morning, including that she trusts the channel and creation house stand firm against Anu Malik.