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Huma on sexual assault allegations against Anurag Kashyap: ‘I feel really angry at being dragged into this mess’

Actor Huma Qureshi, who worked with Anurag Kashyap on Gangs of Wasseypur, has said she is furious at her name being dragged into accusations of sexual misconduct. The accusations were made against Anuraag by an actor named Payal Ghosh.

 

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On Saturday, Payal took to Twitter, and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and wrote, “Anurag Kashyap has forced himself on me and extremely badly. Narendra Modi ji, kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. Pls help!” Payal, in an interview to Bollywood Hungama, claimed that he told her that female actors such as Richa Chadha, Mahie Gill and Huma would perform sexual favours for him and he expected the same from her.

Both of Anurag’s ex-wives — film editor Aarti Bajaj and actor Kalki Koechlin — have slammed the allegations, and have hailed Anurag as a champion of women cause both on and off the screen. “Dear Anurag,” Kalki wrote in a statement. “Don’t let this social media circus get to you, you have fought for the freedom of women in your scripts, you’ve defended their integrity in your professional space as well as in your personal life. I have been witness to it, in the personal and professional space you have always seen me as your equal, you have stood up for my integrity even after our divorce, and you have supported me when I felt unsafe in a work environment even before we got together.”

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