Mumbai, Oct 4: Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta, who is in a storm of controversy over her outburst against veteran actor Nana Patekar for misconduct, has been slapped with two legal notices, one by the legend himself and another by filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri for defamation.
A lawyer for Nana Patekar, who is currently filming 'Housefull 4' with Akshay Kumar in Jaisalmer, said last week that a legal notice had been sent to Tanushree Dutta demanding her apology. Ms Dutta, however, clarified that she had not received any notice.
Ms Dutta said in a statement on Thursday, "I have been slapped with two legal notices. One from Nana Patekar and another from Vivek Agnihotri. Both their teams are on a smearing campaign against me by uttering outright lies and misinformation on social media platforms and other public platforms."
"This is the price you pay for speaking out against harassment, humiliation, and injustice in India," she added. Like Mr Patekar, Vivek Agnihotri has denied the allegations against him. His lawyer Nidhish Mehrotra said that they have sued the actress on the charge of defamation.
"The allegations levelled against my client Vivek Agnihotri by Tanushree Dutta for misbehaviour and/or harassment are absolutely false, frivolous and vexatious. These allegations are deliberate and are being levelled with an intent to attract publicity and seek personal vendetta against my client with mala-fide intentions. On the instruction of my client, we have served a legal notice to initiate defamation action against her."
A film industry member who worked on 'Chocolate' as associate director has defended Mr Agnihotri in a long Facebook post suggesting that Ms Dutta is not credible because she had 'major mood swings' and couldn't understand commands and instructions' on set.
The actress has accused Nana Patekar of harassing and threatening her on a film set a decade ago while she accused then debutant film director Vivek Agnihotri of allegedly asking her to to strip off camera for a scene while filming 2005 movie, Chocolate. (UNI)