#MeToo movement: Sonu Nigam backs Anu Malik; asks for proof against sexual accusations
Tanushree Dutta‘s allegations on Nana Patekar for sexual misconduct led to many bigwigs of industry like Sajid Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Subhash Ghai and others being accused of harassment. Also, Bollywood singer Anu Malik was accused of sexual misconduct by three female singers including Shweta Pandit and Sona Mohapatra. Shweta narrated about her ordeal on Twitter. Shweta tweeted saying that Anu Malik behaved with her inappropriately when she was a 15-year-old.
Post the allegations, Anu Malik was ousted from the position of the jury panel of ‘Indian Idol 10’. The composer called Shweta’s accusations ‘false’ and ‘baseless’. Now Sonu nigam, who is close to Anu Malik said in an event, “I haven’t had enough opportunity to speak on this subject. I myself am a witness to how power is misused. I said #MeToo ten years ago when a journalist kept harassing me. He had told a director that if he [the director] worked with me, he [the journalist] would kill himself.”
Backing the singer, Sonu said, “You accused him without any proof; let’s accept that too. Had he [Anu Malik] wanted to say anything, he could have said a lot. But he did not. If I say that you misbehaved with me, you will ask me for proof. But there’s no proof, right?”
He further said that people are respecting the accusers, who are tarnishing Anu Malik’s name. Also, he questioned the ban on Anu Malik. “How can you snatch his bread and butter? How can you torture his family? Who has given us the right to be the judiciary of someone else’s life? Or you provide concrete proof. I have two sisters. I stand for them. But that does not mean that you put a stop to someone’s work. How can that happen?,” asked Sonu.