Actor Rahul Raj Singh who has alleged sexual harassment charges against writer Mushtaq Sheikh has come forward to thank Tanushree Dutta for giving him the confidence to do so.
Talking about how he felt while approaching Mushtaq Sheikh for work, he said, ‘At that time, he used to hangout with Shah Rukh Khan and Ekta Kapoor and so I thought it would be a good roadway to my acting career. ‘ But however to his dismay, things took an ugly turn when he realized he was being pressurized to either ‘ gives in or go out’.
Clarifying more on the issue he said, ‘I have had many gay friends and I have been totally fine with them. But the problem is when someone like that plays a bully into pressurizing some man or woman to sleep with you as it is entirely misused of power.
On being asked whether he would launch an fir or not, he said that his mission of exposing and shaming is done and hence he doesn’t want to drag the case forward and lodge an FIR. But no matter whatever naming and shaming he does, in no way can he get back the work opportunities on film and television which he lost because of that traumatic issue which he faced when he was just 19.
Thanks to the courage of one lady, Tanushree Dutta, who spoke about her harassment, I also found the courage to address my demon. I am glad I got it out during Dussehra, which is the time good conquers over evil.”
“I am going to Cine & TV Artists Association with my case. But no. I am not taking any legal action against my harasser. He has been named and shamed. That is enough for me.
“I spoke on behalf of all small-towners who come to Mumbai with stars in their eyes only to be treated like trash. Perhaps the voices of victims of sexual misbehavior who are now speaking up would give dignity to newcomers in the entertainment industry who have nowhere to go when a powerful man misuses his power.