#MeToo: Nana Patekar fans target Tanushree Dutta after police close harassment case

Fans talk of damages actress should pay to Nana

By The Telegraph in New Delhi
  • Published 15.06.19, 9:37 AM
  • Updated 16.06.19, 12:42 PM
  • a min read
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Tanushree Dutta Telegraph file photo

Sympathisers of Bollywood actor Nana Patekar populated Twitter with messages of vindication when on Thursday Mumbai police gave him a clean chit in a molestation case filed against him by actress Tanushree Dutta.

Many on Twitter were seen using #MenToo, a label for a counter-#MeToo movement, which gained mileage after accusations of rape against actor and singer Karan Oberoi by his former girlfriend.

According to the new reports, the police found no prima facie evidence of molestation in the 10 year-old incident, which allegedly took place on a film set. The veteran actor was accused by Dutta of harassing her during the shooting of a dance sequence for Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss, from which she eventually walked out and was replaced by Rakhi Sawant.

A crestfallen Dutta issued a statement denouncing the police report and calling the investigators corrupt.

“A corrupt police force and a legal system giving a clean chit to an even more corrupt person , Nana Patekar, who has been accused even in the past of bullying, intimidation and harassment and by several women in the film industry. Our witnesses have been silenced by intimidation and fake witnesses have been put forth to weaken the case,” she said in the statement.

But the hundreds of fans of Nana and his sympathisers took to Twitter to discredit the allegation as “fake” case. Some of them demanded police action against the actress, while many pulled her up for seeking “limelight” in the garb of the #MeToo movement.