Tainted director Vikas Bahl, who has been accused of sexual harassment, has sent a legal notice to his former partners of the now dissolved Phantom Films, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motawane.
In the notice, Bahl has accused Kashyap and Motawane of maligning his image by giving statements against him on social media. He also demanded an ‘unconditional apology’ and withdrawal of messages posted on micro-blogging website Twitter. In their tweets, Kashyap and Motawane issued statements over sexual harassment allegations levelled against the Queen director and stated that they were deeply sorry for not handling the incident properly at the required time. They also mentioned that it was the victim’s choice to not speak about the incident.
In separate notices, Bahl has accused the directors of reacting without knowing the truth. Tagging them as ‘opportunists’, the legal notices read, “You are neither a witness nor the alleged victim, but instead an opportunist seeking to derive benefit based on unsubstantiated information. The alleged incident has not been established in any court of law and that you have exploited the media to propagate your own personal vendetta.”
The said incident pertains to alleged sexual harassment of a woman employee of the now dissolved Phantom Films by Bahl. The woman narrated her experience with Bahl in a series of interviews with a publication. — ANI
Anurag steps back as MAMI board member
Anurag Kashyap on Wednesday said he has decided to step back as a board member of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) amidst a “shadow of doubt” that he remained silent when a woman complained to him of being sexually harassed by his business partner Vikas Bahl.
Kashyap, who along with his business partners at Phantom Films announced the company’s dissolution last week, has been at the receiving end of questions since the complaint. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Kashyap wrote: “In the light of the current events, I have decided to step back from my duties as a board member from MAMI until the shadow of doubt is cleared.I vehemently deny having stayed silent on the issue and not doing anything about it for years.”