Kangana Ranaut accuses Queen director Vikas Bahl of sexual harassment
The Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar harassment case has encouraged another woman to report an incident of sexual assault in Bollywood - and Kangana says she believes her.
Indian director Vikas Bahl has been called out by a female crew member from the set of Bombay Velvet for sexually assaulting her. She revealed details of the incident to HuffPo India.
Kangana says she stands in support of the woman, saying that she has also faced sexual harassment at the hands of the Queen director.
"Even though Vikas was married back in 2014 when we were filming Queen, he bragged about having casual sex with a new partner every other day. I don't judge people and their marriages but you can tell when addiction becomes sickness. He partied every night and shamed me for sleeping early and not being cool enough," said the actor in an interview with India Today.
Kangana continued, "I often told him off. He was scared of me but still every time we met, socially greeted and hugged each other, he'd bury his face in my neck and hold me really tight and breathe in the smell of my hair. It took me great amount of strength and effort to pull myself out of his embrace. He'd say, 'I love how you smell K'."
"I could tell something is wrong with him. I believe this girl. But what is sad, is that now that Phantom has been dissolved, many are attacking him, even though the girl asked for help long ago. At that time, the story was conveniently killed, but I supported her at that time as well. You can see my media interaction during one of my brand endorsement interactions. I thought the movement [MeToo] would catch up but I was wrong," said the 31-year-old actor.
Kangana is not the only one from Bollywood to support the woman, Indian director Hansal Mehta, Nandita Das, and several others also tweeted asking people to oust predators in the industry.
The recent cases of sexual harassment in Bollywood make one question, has the MeToo movement finally taken flight in India?