Mumbai: Bollywood filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri denied allegations of "misbehaviour and/or harassment" levelled by actor Tanushree Dutta Thursday, saying the claims "have been borne with an intent to attract publicity and wreak personal vendetta" against the filmmaker.
Agnihotri's lawyer Nidhish Mehrotra said the team has sued Dutta on the charge of defamation.
“The allegations leveled against my client Mr. Vivek Agnihotri by Ms.Tanushree Dutta for misbehaviour and/or harassment are absolutely false, frivolous and vexatious. These allegations are deliberate and have been borne with an intent to attract publicity and wreak personal vendetta against my client with mala-fide intentions.On the instruction of my client, we have served a legal notice to initiate defamation action against her and all the news agencies that have engaged in unethical and immoral conduct to promote sensational journalism without any diligence or proper verification and with the intent of defaming my client."
"This press release also requests all the media agencies, their electronic channels and social media handles and public at large to refrain from reporting in this case against my client without evidence. Failing which, we shall be forced to take necessary legal action.”
Tanushree has accused Patekar of harassing her, while she was shooting for a special song for the 2008 film 'Horn 'OK' Pleassss'.
Dutta also issued a statement saying she was slapped with two legal notices - one from Agnihotri and another from Nana Patekar....