#MeToo: Anu Malik no longer part of 'Indian Idol'

MeToo Anu Malik no longer a part of the Indian Idol jury panel

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

Music composer Anu Malik has stepped down from the jury panel of singing reality show, Indian Idol, a statement from Sony Entertainment Television read.

On Wednesday morning, Shweta shared the incident on Twitter according to which Malik allegedly made sexual advances towards her.

After singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit accused Malik of sexual harassment, two budding singers levelled similar allegations against him. I had to tell him that I only work in a studio. He then smiled, what I'd recall the most evil grin I've seen. This happened nearly 15 years ago when I was starting out.

Finding herself trapped at the moment, the second victim went on to say, "Panic struck me as I realised the recording studio was sound-proof and no one would hear me even if I screamed". It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. Ever since the allegations were made on Malik, the channel had been discussing the whole matter and now came to the conclusion of dropping him till the matter is further investigated. "Dear #India please do not let these men get away like they hope to.They are counting on short public memory & R confident that very soon it will be "business as usual".

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. One of our colleagues from the production crew was travelling with a cameraman and Malik in a auto to get sound bites.

Singer Sona Mahapatra had also called out the 57-year-old in an Instagram post accusing Malik of being a "serial offender" and alleged that he would call her at odd hours.

Malik's lawyer Thursday denied the allegations, saying India's #MeToo movement is being used for his client's "character assassination". "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.

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