Tanushree-Patekar row: Can’t accuse someone of his status without complaint, says Maharashtra minister

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New Delhi, Oct 3: The MoS Home Maharashtra, Deepak Kesarkar has now voiced his opinion on Tanushree Dutta’s sexual harassment allegations against Nana Patekar on the sets of the 2008 film Horn OK Pleassss, saying that unless there is a “complaint”, you cannot accuse a person “of his status”.

Kesarkar also said that Nana Patekar is not only an actor but also someone who works for social causes. Asserting that protection has been provided for the actress since she Tanushree has claimed that she received threats of violence from Raj Thackeray’s MNS party workers.

Kesarkar added that Tanushree has been given protection against certain incidents, apparently referring to the incident of her attack while sitting inside a car in 2008. However, Nana cannot be accused of such charges without any official complaint, he said.

“Protection has been given against certain incidents that had happened and not against Nana Patekar. Unless there is a complaint you can’t accuse a person of his status because he isn’t only an actor but also a very well known social worker,” Kesarkar told news agency ANI.

“It is now known to everybody that they were not connected to anything, it is her personal fight with somebody, those people have attacked and they have admitted that they have attacked so protection was given,” he added.

Dutta in her recent interview alleged that Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of the film ‘Horn Ok Please’. She had accused Patekar of harassing her while shooting for a special dance number in the movie, and also accused dance choreographer Ganesh Acharya of teaming up against her.

Later she also alleged that goons from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party broke the windshield of her car in an act of violence.

The Aashiq Banaya Aapne actress garnered support from many in the film industry which include names such as Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Hansal Mehta, Richa Chadha and Swara Bhasker, Varun Dhawan among others.

Meanwhile, Nana’s lawyer has said they served Tanushree a legal notice seeking an apology for making false claims. Tanushree, however, again denied receiving any such notice from anyone.

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