#MeToo movement has provided a platform to the sexual harassment victims in Bollywood so that they can raise their voice against it. Social media is full of it, these days, and another sexual harassment case with an actress is now getting viral. The case is of former Miss India and actress Sayali Bhagat. In 2011, Sayali accused Amitabh Bachchan of touching her inappropriately during an event.
It was a cybercrime case
An official press statement was issued by Sayali Bhagat that reads:
“As I gear up to lodge a police complaint against Shiney (Ahuja) and his wife Anupam, I have another big announcement to make.
I am quitting films for good and shall be moving to Milan to pursue a full-time career in modeling.
Before I leave the industry for good, I would like to make a few things clear. Shiney is not the only one who has made passes at me or sexually harassed me in the film industry.
It is an industry filled with lechers who treat women like me like a piece of meat. Everyone wants a piece of you. I would like to bring to the media’s notice some first-hand experiences.
Sexual Harassment from Amitabh Bachchan: Recently, at the launch of the first look of Tinu Verma’s film This Weekend, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was the chief guest.
Like everybody else, even I bent down to touch his feet to seek his blessings. Amitabh placed his hand on my butt and felt it up.
I was too stunned to say anything to anyone. He should show some respect. After all, he is a 70 year old man, my grandfather’s age. I felt like slapping him the moment he placed his hand on my butt.
Sexual Harassment from Filmmaker Sajid Khan: “I remember the time when Sajid Khan was casting for Housefull, he had called me to his office for a meeting.
I understand that the casting couch is a prevalent reality in the film industry but I never expected Sajid to strip naked in front of me asking me to have sex with him in his office right there and then. I screamed and left his building. Obviously, I never worked with him.
Sexual Harassment from costar Aarya Babbar: Aarya and I started out as very good friends when we starting shooting for our film Choron Ki Baraat, till he got really aggressive about us becoming “friends with benefits”.
Till date, he has sent me countless lewd messages, and graphic MMS’s of his private parts to lure me into bed. I had chosen to keep quiet and ignore. But not anymore.
There are so many of us who are silently suffering this kind of harassment for so many years. But I can’t take it anymore.
I am fed up of being treated like an available piece of meat and the only reason I am sharing all this with my media friends is because I don’t believe in taking harassment lying down. It is high time the truth came out.
I will be filing police complaints against Shiney, Sajid, Aarya and Mr Bachchan and take them all to court if need be. I hope my efforts will not go in vain and I look forward to having the media’s support.
But later it was found that it was a fake press note. Sayali even apologized on it after Amitabh Bachchan showed a backlash.
In her apology, she said that: