Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Anu Malik ‘taking a break’ from Indian Idol post sexual harassment allegations

Anu Malik ‘taking a break’ from Indian Idol post sexual harassment allegations

She was offered to join the show as a wildcard contestant but she refused an offer as Anu Malik had sexually harassed her seven years ago.

Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar are the other two judges on the panel now of the show, which airs on Sony Entertainment Television. "I, Anu Malik, have made a decision to take a break from Indian Idol as I am now unable to focus on my work on the show". "Today after reading the post of Shweta Pandit, I am writing this post as I remember vividly because I was there in the recording studio as Anu Malik and me were working on Awara Pagal Deewana music in 2001 at Empire studios".

After Anu Malik refuted the claims made by Shweta Pandit calling them "false and baseless", Sameer has also come out in his support. She said that Malik said that he would give her a song with Sunidhi and Shaan but only if she kissed him. Shweta requested that if she can sing in some other room but Anuji said that I want Samerji to also hear your voice. When she said no, he said that then you must be so lonely.

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Meanwhile, Danica D'Souza, based out of NY, has told mid-day that she knew of at least two women who had similar experiences with Anu Malik when she was assistant producer with FreemantleMedia India on Indian Idol 5.

"This incident occurred in Kolkata. I don't know why they are still quiet", she told mid-day, adding that she hopes the channel and production house take a stand against Anu Malik.

An aspiring singer from the 90s has revealed that Anu Malik inappropriately touched her. "She was startled. The cameraman, who was sitting in the front seat, wasn't aware of what was going on behind him", Ms D'Souza told mid-day. She further stated that Malik used to call her with names like darling, baby and sweety, making her feel uncomfortable.

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