The Mumbai Police today told a court that there is no evidence against actor Nana Patekar to prosecute of charges of sexually harassing his co-star Tanushree Dutta.
It was ten years ago that Tanushree Dutta had accused Nana Patekar of misbehaving with her on the sets of their movie ‘Horn OK Pleasss’.
Police today said that they have not found any evidence in their report to support the complaint and were unable to continue the investigation.
The allegations made by the actress are widely seen to be the start of a #MeToo campaign in India, a year after a similar moment gathered pace in the US after several women went public against movie moghul Harvey Weinstein.
After the #MeToo campaign, celebrities, writers and even a senior minister faced allegations posted by women on a Twitter thread in India’s version of the movement.
Tanushree had been out of sight for years before she emerged with the allegations in September last year. In her complaint to police, she said that Nana Patekar had harassed her and when she complained she was forced to perform intimate dance steps with the senior actor.
Meanwhile, Patekar had rejected the allegations and also sent a legal notice to his former co-star and also demanded a written apology.