New Delhi: Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta in an explosive interview alleged that senior actor Nana Patekar had harassed her while filming of a dance song. They were shooting for 'Horn Ok Pleassss' in 2008.
After her shocking allegations, several Bollywood celebrities such as Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar, Sapna Pabbi, Kangana Ranaut have supported the actress. However, others have chosen either not to comment on it or back Nana Patekar.
Nana Patekar has outrightly denied the allegations and it was being reported that the veteran star will hold a press conference to present his side of the story. According to PTI, a message was sent out to the media last night by Nana's son Malhar, stating the press conference would not take place.
"Sorry to be messaging at this hour, just wanted to inform that there's no press conference tomorrow, please pass on the message to your colleagues in the media. Will let you know about the further proceedings soon, regards," the message read. There was no response from his lawyer when contacted.
The 67-year-old actor's lawyer has sent a legal notice to Dutta for allegedly making false accusations against him in an incident that dates back to a decade. Dutta has said that Patekar had harassed her during the shooting of a film in 2008 and she had spoken out about the incident but nothing happened and she was even thrown out of the film.
In fact, choreographer Ganesh Acharya was also supposed to join the senior actor for the press conference but now looks like it has been cancelled. Nana Patekar returned from shooting 'Housefull 4' in Jaisalmer and was mobbed by the paps at the airport.
Tanushree has claimed in recent interviews that Patekar harassed her sexually in 2008 on the sets of her film 'Horn OK Pleassss' and also demanded to do an intimate dance step with her. She also named choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang and producer Sami Siddiqui as accomplices in the harassment she faced.
Meanwhile, Nana Patekar and director Vivek Agnihotri have sent legal notices to Tanushree.
(With PTI inputs)