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Ever since the beginning of India’s own #MeToo movement, several well-known names from the Hindi film industry have been accused of sexual harassment on the social media. These include actor Alok Nath, filmmaker-actor Rajat Kapoor, actor Rohit Roy, singer Kailash Kher and screenwriter Chetan Bhagat. The latest name to crop up in the #MeToo firestorm is of singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya.
Indian singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya who has been accused by a former flight attendant for sexually harassing her has hit out at Pakistani critics for his controversial statements.
After allegations surfaced against the singer, Bhattacharya in an interview with Indian Express denied the allegations and said, “Most of the people who are coming out right now are dirty, ugly people. Koi mota hai koi patla hai. No one deserves (the attention). Just to grab some attention they are coming out. Most of the fat and ugly girls are blaming and I wasn’t born at that time.”
Many Pakistanis took to Instagram to call out singer for his ‘fat-shaming’ statements.
In a Facebook post, a former flight attendant, who goes by the name Bodhisattva YaMyoho, claimed that 20 years ago, the singer sexually harassed her at a pub in Kolkata. Bhattacharya had grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her closer after she refused to dance with him.
She further wrote, that angered by her behavior, Abhijeet screamed in her ear, “B****, what do you think of yourself, wait till I teach you a lesson”.
The singer, however, has denied the accusations, insisting he did not do this back in 1998 or at any other time.