Actress Payal Ghosh made headlines after she publicly accused filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of sexual assault. The actress revealed that Anurag forced himself on her and demanded action against him.
Payal had also claimed that Anurag had told her that there were other actresses who he got intimate with, including Richa Chadha. Her allegations have not gone down well with Richa, who has taken the legal way to hit back at Payal.
Richa's lawyer issued an official statement on Monday stating that the actor has initiated ‘appropriate legal action’ against Payal for falsely dragging her into the controversy.
And now, Richa's boyfriend and actor Ali Fazal has stood in support of her and lauded her work towards the society and women.
Resharing Richa's statement, Ali defended her as he wrote in a long note:
“My love, you, who has stood up for women time and time again, today had to go through this ordeal. And yet, you come out strong as ever. My partner , your resilience, your kindness, and empathy have touched many people, and i have had the fortune of being witness to that over the time ive known you . The battles you’ve fought to create an equal society which isnt fractured by hate . And within that to be able to champion women all along ... and keep your art at par with the best, takes courage and nerves of steel. I am so proud of you because i know you wont stop standing up for those in need, specially women who’ve lost their voices within the many patriarchal set ups we face today the world over."
He further added: “I believe every voice must be heard. I believe in dissent. But I also believe in the power of truth and justice. They indeed prevail. I believe in using our right to speak up but with utmost responsibility. I believe that we as a society need to empower our women so that their fearless voices echo in all its glory and yet with care and gentleness."
Ali concluded the note by saying, “I say this today, not because you’re my partner but because people like you make the world a better place and we need you. . Love you . With you. Always."
Richa reacted to Ali's post and commented: “Grateful for you! Today and always.”
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Meanwhile, Anurag Kashyap has denied all the allegations levelled against him in a statement from his lawyer, Priyanka Khimani.
“These allegations are completely false, malicious and dishonest. It is sad 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” read an excerpt from the statement.