Ace filmmaker Anurag Kashyap was sent summon over Bengali actress Payal Ghosh’s recent FIR with Versova Police Station accusing him of sexual misconduct. Coming out in open under the #MeToo campaign, the actress claimed the filmmaker forced himself on her on the pretext of giving her work. The FIR was registered against Anurag under Sections 376 (I) (rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty,), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code. Now, responding to the summon, the ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ director reached the police station, on Thursday morning, where he will be questioned about the accusations leveled against him by actress Payal Ghosh.
Meanwhile, quashing all the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him Anurag Kashyap had took to his Twitter handle and told that he has been asked to remain silent. Anurag even had released an official statement, which read, “These allegations are completely false, malicious and dishonest. It is said that a social movement as important as the #MeToo movement has been co-opted by vested interests and reduced to a mere tool for character assassination.” It further read, “It took so long to silence me. It’s okay. In an attempt to silence me, you ended up lying so much that you have dragged other women despite being a woman yourself. Maintain some decorum, madam. I just want to say that whatever your accusations are, they are baseless.”
However, when the news of his summons hit the headlines, Payal took to her Twitter handle to thank Mumbai Police. “Thank you @MumbaiPolice … @anuragkashyap72 has been called tomorrow at versova police station for summoning and questioning. Let’s hope justice prevails….!!” her tweet read.
To note, the ace-filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has given us films like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Black Friday’, ‘Dev.D’, ‘Bombay Velvet’ and many others, had on September 19, categorically denied all the allegations made against him and even had released an official statement on September 20 through his lawyer.