Exclusive- Payal Ghosh on her allegation of Anurag Kashyap’s sexual misconduct: “I have no proof but it happened with me” – Times of India

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Payal Ghosh has been the talk of town ever since the clock struck 7 pm on Saturday, September 19. Payal has accused filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of behaving inappropriately with her in a video that went viral. She maintained her stance when we spoke to her a few minutes back.

“I have wanted to speak about this for a long time. But today, finally I thought I must get it off my head,” said the Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi actress in an exclusive chat with ETimes, about an hour ago. Has she seen or read something about Anurag in the past few hours that irked her? Payal said, “Nothing like that. In fact, I had tweeted about my incident sometime ago when the MeToo movement had happened, but many people told me to delete the tweet else I would stop getting work. My manager too advised me to remove the tweet. I complied. Post that, Anurag blocked me on WhatsApp.”

Payal, who stays in Mumbai, says that she didn’t tell her parents before accusing Anurag in a video because they wouldn’t have allowed her to do so. “After the video went viral, they called and scolded me,” she revealed.

So, the story in sequence, according to Payal, goes that she and Anurag were Facebook friends and the unpleasant incident she faced happened in her third meeting with Anurag at his residence at Yari Road. “The first time I met him was at his office in Aram Nagar, Versova. The second time I met him was at his residence. We spoke in general about films and the film industry. Then he called me again to his house and this time, that is on the third occasion, he tried to force himself upon me. I did not raise an alarm but pleaded with him that he should let me go as I would return again some other time,” Payal claimed.

And then? Replied Payal, “After that, he texted me a few times asking me to come over. But I did not go,” adding, “We had decided to meet, yes. And it was I who wanted to meet Anurag. Actors and actresses have to meet filmmakers so that they get to know them. It is meant to acquire work. Else how would makers know about us?”

Has she got proof to back her accusation against Anurag? Says Payal, “No, I don’t have any of his text messages as quite some time has rolled by and I have changed more than one phone since then. Neither I had recorded what happened at his house (in the third meeting).”

“Coming back to what makes me come out in the open, I just want to make girls wary,” Payal said emphatically, adding that she has had no other bad experiences in the industry so far.

Kangana Ranaut has come out in her support and Payal offers her thanksgiving. “I agree with Kangana on a few things which are on my horizon and those of which I have had experiences in my profession.”

Payal, who says that she has a Hindi and South film in her present kitty, has also received support from the National Commission for Women whose chairperson Rekha Sharma has asked her to submit a detailed complaint. “I will send a detailed complaint to Rekha Sharma, soon,” Payal concluded.

Meanwhile, Anurag has posted 4 tweets denying Payal’s allegation. We reproduce those tweets below:

Our pages are open for Anurag to give his detailed version.





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