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MeToo hits Bollywood: Priyanka Chopra lends support to fellow Indian actress Tanushree Dutta who claims she was sexually harassed by male actor

  • A host of fellow Bollywood stars have said Dutta’s allegations should be heard
  • Allegations were made against Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, now aged 67
  • Tanushree claimed the veteran actor harassed her on set of a film in 2008
  • She made the allegations shortly after the incident and Patekar denied claims

Priyanka Chopra and a host of other high-profile celebrities have come out in support of a Bollywood actress who claimed she was sexually harassed by a veteran actor.

Tanushree Dutta, a former Miss India, claimed Nana Patekar, a veteran actor now aged 67, had harassed her on sets of a film in 2008. She had made the same allegations shortly after the incident and Patekar denied the allegations.

Chopra tweeted: ‘Agreed..the world needs to #BelieveSurviviors.’

Dutta recently told Zoon TV: ‘Back then, these incidents would be discussed only behind closed doors and not openly, as is being done now. No one supported me.’

Priyanka Chopra and a host of other high-profile celebrities have come out in support of a Bollywood actress who claimed she was harassed by a veteran actor

Priyanka Chopra and a host of other high-profile celebrities have come out in support of a Bollywood actress who claimed she was harassed by a veteran actor

Tanushree Dutta, a Bollywood actress and former Miss India, claimed Nana Patekar, a veteran actor now aged 67, had harassed her on sets of a film in 2008

Tanushree Dutta, a Bollywood actress and former Miss India, claimed Nana Patekar, a veteran actor now aged 67, had harassed her on sets of a film in 2008

Tanushree Dutta (left), a Bollywood actress and former Miss India, claimed Nana Patekar (right), a veteran actor now aged 67, had harassed her on sets of a film in 2008

Calls to Patekar on Friday went unanswered, but Rajendra Shirodkar, a lawyer for Patekar, threatened legal action against Dutta for making ‘false allegations’.

‘We’ve sent her a notice for making false allegations. She should apologize to my client,’ Shirodkar told Reuters. ‘If she doesn’t, then we shall chart a future course of action’.

Dutta alleges that Patekar wanted an ‘intimate step’ with her in a dance number in the film ‘Horn OK Please’.

When she refused, Dutta alleges that Patekar called workers of a local political party who damaged her car and threatened her.

Tanushree Dutta had made the same allegations shortly after the incident in 2008, which he had denied

Tanushree Dutta had made the same allegations shortly after the incident in 2008, which he had denied

Bollywood star Nana Patekar (pictured) denied the allegations put before him

Bollywood star Nana Patekar (pictured) denied the allegations put before him

Priyanka tweeted her support for Dutta on social media with the message 'the world needs to #BelieveSurvivors' 

Priyanka tweeted her support for Dutta on social media with the message ‘the world needs to #BelieveSurvivors’

Earlier this week, Tanushree's plight was detailed in depth by journalist Janice Sequeira, who noted that her story now was exactly the same as the one a decade ago

Earlier this week, Tanushree’s plight was detailed in depth by journalist Janice Sequeira, who noted that her story now was exactly the same as the one a decade ago

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