A day after being granted anticipatory bail by Dindoshi Sessions Court, The Viral Fever's (TVF) CEO Arunabh Kumar's has claimed that he was being victimised in the case.
In his statement to the Mumbai Police, Arunabh Kumar rubbished the sexual harassment charges levelled against him by a woman who had worked with him.
After a month-long absence, Arunabh surfaced on Monday to appear before the court for the hearing on his anticipatory bail.
Sources from the police said that Arunabh had been to the MIDC police station for about eight times after the allegations were made against him.
Police said that apart from Arunabh, they also took statements of about six other people. Arunabh also submitted two pictures of him with the victim, which he claimed were clicked on June 8, 2016.
It was almost a fortnight ago, when two cases related sexual harassment were filed against him. While the first case was filed on March 29, another complaint was lodged on the following day.
He was booked under IPC sections 354 A (causing sexual harassment) and 509 (intending to outrage a woman's modesty by indecent words, gesture or acts) in both the complaints.
HERE ARE SOME EXCERPTS FROM ARUNABH'S STATEMENT:
- "I met her (the victim) on May 26, 2016. She is a director and had come for a shoot of a promo that was meant for programme where people who became successful in a short time were interviewed. For this shoot the contract was given to another company where the victim used to work."
- "We were to shoot in my office at three different spots. For the first shot she had selected the ground floor, for second the first floor and for the third she chose our office terrace area. She asked me to change clothes for every shot. Since I am a busy person, with regular meetings with several officials and other concerned persons, so I asked her to get the shoot done fast as I was getting late."
- "She gave me three clothes - two t-shirts and a kurta and I was asked to wear each of them for the three shoots. As soon as own shoot was over, I changed my clothes at the spot and she was not alone as there were other crew members present. I have never stripped in front of her nod did I pose any wrong gestures. I changed the clothes because I was getting late, I have no wrong intention. I neither massaged her not communicated with her through any electronic medium, " read the statement.
- "When our shoot got over we held a small party on June 8, 2016. The party was organised at the spot that she chose. After the shoot, they started partying as decided and I clicked a selfie with her, but at that time she never reacted nor did she say that anything wrong was done."