'If anything happens...': Mumbai-based model who accused Jackky Bhagnani, 8 others of rape, gets death threats

In May 2021, a 28-year-old model accused actor-producer Jackky Bhagnani, photographer Julian Colston and seven others for sexually assaulting her on various occasions during 2012 to 2019.

Following this, a case of rape had been registered by the Mumbai Police.

Now, the model has claimed that she has been receiving death threats on social media from several fake accounts. She added that if anything unnatural were to happen to her, the nine men should be held responsible.

Sharing a note on Instagram the model wrote, “The so-called “high profile men” are still sending me death threats indirectly using violent pictures and videos on Instagram (via dm and tags). I’ve blocked hundreds of these fake accounts and have reported some as they had rather explicit pics and wordings as well as triggering usernames…my hand is shaking as type this... I’ve informed the police about some of this but they’ve asked to go to the nearest police station and register another FIR... but I don’t have that kind of patience and energy m as remember how it took me 3 weeks of running around them to get them to register the first one.”

She further added, “IF ANYTHING UNNATURAL HAPPENS TOO ME BEFORE THE FINAL JUDGMENT COMES OUT AND EVEN AFTER THAT... The MOB/ men I’ve named, i.e. GURPREET SINGH, SHEEL GUPTA, NIKHIL KAMATH, GURJOT SINGH, AJIT THAKUR, KRISHAN KUMAR, VISHNU INDURI, THE MORANIS (because of their strong affiliation with most of them), COLSTON JULIAN, SUHEL SETH, JACKKY BHAGNANI, ANIRBAN BLAH WILL BE COMPLETELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAME AS I HAVE NO OTHER “ENEMIES” in the world.”

On April 12, the model had written a post on social media claiming how she was physically and emotionally abused during a work assignment.

The model, a resident of suburban Andheri, had approached DCP (zone 10) Maheshwar Reddy on May 10, who in turn directed an officer of the Andheri police station to record her statement.

"The model’s statement was recorded on May 18 and the matter was forwarded to the office of the DCP, zone 9, in Bandra, as most of the alleged incidents of sexual assault had taken place in its jurisdiction during 2012 to 2019," the official said.

The investigating officer has recorded a detailed statement of the model, he said.

"The model has named a well-known photographer and eight others including son of a producer, a Bollywood talent manager and a film producer in her complaint alleging rape and molestation," the official added.

The FIR was registered under sections 376 (n) (commits rape repeatedly on the same woman), 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code on May 26.

As per the complaint, the photographer took advantage of the model and raped her in Bandra between 2014 and 2018 under some pretext, the official said.

The model alleged that she was raped and molested on different occasions by eight others.

Police are verifying the allegations and collecting evidence. Nobody is arrested so far, he added.

With PTI inputs

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