Veteran actor Nana Patekar on Thursday broke his silence on the allegations of sexual harassment made by actor Tanushree Dutta. He said that he was contemplating legal action but will not divulge more details because the media will ‘play up anything.’
“What do you mean sexual harassment? There were 50-100 people on the set with me,” Patekar said in response to a question by Mirror Now journalist. He went on to add, “We will see what I can do legally. It’s a waste talking (to media), you guys will play up anything.”
When told that Tanushree had mocked his social work with the farmers in Maharashtra, Patekar said, “Whatever, people want to say, they can say.”
Tanushree has recently opened up about her experiences of facing sexual harassment in Bollywood by accusing Patekar of being a serial harasser. She had said that the veteran actor had routinely harassed her sexually on the sets of her 2008 film Horn Ok Please.
Later, calling Patekar a criminal, Tanushree had said that big names in Bollywood should not have worked with him. “Of course! You must not work with criminals. You must not work with people who harass girls. You must not work with people who after harassing girls call political party goons to bash up the girl and her family and attack her car.”
She had also alleged that the ‘MNS goons’ once attacked her car with her parents inside it. “I was threatened and my car was attacked while my parents were in it. The harassment continued for years. I was attacked by a political party at the behest of Nana Patekar.”
Tanushree Dutta, a former Miss India, has acted films such as Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Chocolate, Raqeeb, Dhol, Risk and Good Boy, Bad Boys starting from 2005.