A day after he was questioned by the Mumbai police in a rape case filled an actor last month, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on Friday issued a statement denying all allegations levelled against him.
Kashyap’s lawyer Priyanka Khimani released an official statement in the rape case filed by actor Payal Ghosh against her client. The statement mentions the director denied all the allegations of sexual harassment against him, adding that he was not even present in the country at the time of the alleged incident reported by Ghosh in her FIR.
Statement from Anurag Kashyap’s lawyer, Priyanka Khimani says that in an FIR registered with the Versova Police Station, one Ms. Payal Ghosh has alleged that in August 2013, my client, Mr Anurag Kashyap, called her to his house and sexually harassed her. My client presented himself for questioning before the investigating authority on 1st October 2020.
“Mr Kashyap has denied all wrongdoing in the matter and has provided his statement to the police. The material provided by Mr Kashyap, in support of his statement, demonstrates that the complaint of Ms Ghosh is an outright lie. Mr Kashyap has provided documentary proof of the fact that throughout August 2013 he was away in Sri Lanka in connection with the shooting of one of his films. Mr Kashyap has categorically denied that any such alleged incident ever took place and has also denied all allegations levelled against him.”
“These sudden, belated allegations of an alleged incident of August 2013 have been widely publicised by the complainant to vilify Mr Kashyap, irrespective of the outcome of the judicial process,” the statement said.
“Mr Kashyap is confident that the falsity of the complaint has been exposed, not only by the evidence presented by Mr Kashyap, but also the ever-shifting version of events put forth by Ms. Ghosh in the media. Mr Kashyap is apprehensive that now that the falsity of her allegations in the FIR has been established, she will alter her version of events in the investigative process as well,” the statement added.
“Mr Kashyap is distressed with the false and reckless allegations made against him that have caused pain to him, his family and his fans. Mr. Kashyap intends to vigorously pursue the legal remedies available to him.”
“Mr Kashyap vehemently denies any such incident, as has been alleged, and has sought for severe action against Ms. Ghosh for misusing the criminal justice system and for hijacking the MeToo Movement for her ulterior motives. Mr Kashyap is confident that justice will prevail,” the statement reads further.
Meanwhile Payal Ghosh in her tweet said that “Anurag Kashyap has lied before police in his statement..she is moving an application to conduct narco analysis, lie detector & polygraph test of Kashyap to find out the truth.”