It was as if the horrific incidents shared by Shweta Pandit and Sona Mohapatra against were not enough that two more women have spoken out against Anu Malik and have accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Although Anu has denied even acknowledging the fact that he knew Sona Mahapatra then and has also openly called out Shweta Pandit’s allegation as baseless, there are two more women who have popped up in the scenario to share their #metoo stories.
An aspiring singer in the 90s has spoken out about how Anu Malik assaulted her and touched her inappropriately.
She has claimed that she apparently met Anu Malik at Mehboob Studios in 1990 where he was recording a song. In that meeting, the music composer ‘rubbed his body’ against her and when she expressed shock at his behavior, he apologized meekly.
Just a few days later after that, she was coordinating with Anu Malik about a fundraiser. She went to meet him at his residence with her friend. Anu introduced her to his wife and his daughter. A few days later, he called her to his house for another meeting and this time the survivor went alone.
The narration doesn’t just end there.
She states that after they had a formal discussion, they went to the lounge and Anu sat next to her. His family was not at home and Anu lifted her skirt and dropped his pants. A doorbell rang and she tried to escape, but Anu caught hold of her in a narrow passage and apologized saying that he was a passionate guy. He told her not to tell anyone as nobody would believe her against him. She also shares that he threatened to know people if she ever went to the police. They got in the car as Anu offered to drop her home and Anu Malik drove into a dark, empty maidan.
He simply unzipped his pants and asked me to lick him! I told him no and urged him to let me go, but he pulled me by my hair and stuffed my face in his lap, hurling abuses as he did so,” the survivor recounted.
The second set of allegations go as follows-
Another survivor who is an aspiring singer was approached to participate in Indian Idol 10 which is being judged by Anu Malik, Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar. She was offered to join the show as a wild card entry. She says that she refused as Anu Malik was one of the judges and he had sexually harassed her seven years ago.
She had met Anu Malik as a struggler and during their second meeting at Sahara Studios in Goregaon he asked her if she had a boyfriend. When she said no, he said that then you must be so lonely. He then asked her to wear a chiffon saree the next time they meet. When she tried to leave, he grabbed her and hugged her while running his hands over her body. They were in a sound proof recording studio hence she could not even scream. She pushed him away which is when he said that “I am happy with my wife, I am a sensitive man.”
Although the pressure keeps mounting on Anu Malik, we are yet to hear Anu responding to these alleged claims.