Of all the Bollywood celebrities accused in the MeToo movement, Vikas Bhal has been someone who has been constantly under the radar. While Vikas was mainly accused of sexual harassment by Phantom’s ex-employee, actresses like Kangana Ranaut and Nayani Dixit also accused Vikas of misbehaving with them. In the wake of all the allegations, Vikas was sent a show cause notice by Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA). In response to the notice, Vikas has issued a statement where he has denied all the sexual allegations against him stating that the allegations are false and baseless. Check out Vikas’s statement copy below:
“I deny all the alleged sexual harassment charges leveled against me and as stated in your said notice. These alleged charges are not only false, erroneous, malicious, motivated but have no factual basis. Further, you may also note that till date neither has any criminal complaint been filed against me in respect of the alleged sexual harassment charges nor have I been called upon by any investigation agency for investigation with respect to the same. The allegations levelled against me merely anonymous and hearsay. Thus, I am presumed to be innocent till proven guilty,” Bhal said.
“My partners Mr Anurag Kashyap and Mr Vikramaditya Motwane have published defamatory tweets/articles/statements against me with an intent to settle personal scores, exact vendetta, and due to professional jealousy and with the sole intent to defame me, malign my image and destroy my career and hence I request your good office not to rely upon any statement so made by them. Since the matter is sub judice I request your good office not to take any action against me and not to terminate my membership with IFTDA in the interim and without giving me a personal hearing.” Concluded Vikas.
Apparently the woman who accused Vikas of sexual harassment has refused to come to court or file FIR.