#MeToo: Vikas Bahl tells IFTDA that charges against him are baseless
In the latest developments on the sexual harassment allegations leveled against director Vikas Bahl by an ex-female employee of Phantom films (now disbanded), the aggrieved director has denied all the allegations levied against him that are stated in the show cause notice sent by the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association or IFTDA, reports news agency PTI.
“I deny all the alleged sexual harassment charges leveled against me and as stated in your said notice. These alleged charges are not only false, erroneous, malicious, motivated but have no factual basis. Further, you may also note that till date neither has any criminal complaint been filed against me in respect of the alleged sexual harassment charges nor have I been called upon by any investigation agency for investigation with respect to the same,” he said in his response to the aforementioned show cause notice.
“The allegations leveled against me merely anonymous and hearsay. Thus, I am presumed to be innocent till proven guilty,” Bahl further added.
Vikas Bahl was accused by Kangana Ranaut as well of sexually harassing her, incidentally one of Kangana’s biggest hits ‘Queen‘ had come under the direction of the filmmaker which released in 2014. After the allegations made against ‘Super 30’ director, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane (co-founders of Phantom) had also criticized Bahl. As a result, Bahl had filed a Rs 10 crore defamation case against both Kashyap and Motwane in the Bombay High Cout, where the proceedings are already underway.
In his response to IFTDA, Mr Bahl added: “My partners Mr Anurag Kashyap and Mr Vikramaditya Motwane have published defamatory tweets/articles/statements against me with an intent to settle personal scores, exact vendetta, and due to professional jealousy and with the sole intent to defame me, malign my image and destroy my career and hence I request your good office not to rely upon any statement so made by them.”
He requested IFTDA since the matter was sub judice no action should be taken against him.
The #MeToo movement has become so big that it has garnered national headlines and has raised a very big issue in public domain about sexual harassment at the workplace.