'This (#MeeToo Movement) Is All Publicity Stunt', Says This Male Actor

'This (#MeeToo Movement) Is All Publicity Stunt', Says This Male Actor

New Delhi: Male actors are not making any proper comment, when asked upon #MeeToo stories shared by the survivors. Today, Asrani dismissed the many accounts - some very disturbing - of alleged harassment, assault and rape as 'mostly for publicity, part of film promotions' and shouldn't be taken seriously, reports news agency ANI. Asrani failed to named the films for which women came who have come forward are promoting - he would find it difficult to do so, in fact, because the answer is none. Asrani, who goes professionally by the mononym, joins a list of actors headed by Salman Khan - and which until today also included Amitabh Bachchan - who have been criticised for their comments on the #MeToo movement.

Asrani said, "I support women, everyone should, but all this is mostly for publicity, part of film promotions and nothing else. Mere accusations mean nothing, don't take this seriously," reports ANI.

Two weeks ago, Tanushree Dutta renewed a decade-old allegations of harassment against Tanushree Dutta who, she claims, behaved inappropriately while shooting a 2008 film and then sent goons to intimidate her when she rejected his alleged advances. While several celebrities, mostly female, spoke or tweeted in her support, some male actors were criticized for their comments. Salman Khan claimed he was 'not aware' when asked about the controversy. Shakti Kapoor, who was accused of asking for sexual favours in exchange for film work some years ago, flippantly said that he was 'just a kid back then' - he would have been 56 in 2008.

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Amitabh Bachchan also said: "no woman should be subjected to any kind of misbehavior, or disorderly conduct; especially at her work place. Such acts should immediately be brought to the notice of concerned authorities, and corrective measures be taken, either through filing complaints or a recourse to law."

Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher, and many other from showbiz and media have also been accused of predatory behavior.

All these men have defended themselves. Nana Patekar has sent Tanushree Dutta a legal notice demanding she apologise; Alok Nath's lawyer says the actor will sue Vinta Nanda for defamation; Vikas Bahl has also sent his former Phantom Films partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane legal notices alleging defamation; Kailash Kher told news agency IANS, "I am almost all the time in my own simple world, but in case anyone has taken or thought something differently about anything, then it is my sincere apology. My devotion to music makes me who I am and I am thankful for all the love and support.


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