The latest Bollywood personality to be accused of sexual misconduct is singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya.
A former flight attendant has accused him of sexually harassing her at a Kolkata pub in 1998; she shared that Abhijeet grabbed her wrist and pulled her closer after she already refused to dance with him.
She further added that her saying no angered him and he screamed in her ear, “B***h, what do you think of yourself, wait till I teach you a lesson,” before almost kissing and nibbling her ear.
Bhattacharya has denied the allegations in a statement to DNA India,stating “I’ve never visited a discotheque or a pub in my life, so she is blatant lying” before, according to the publication, proceeding to abuse the woman.
It gets worse; in an interview with Indian Express, he said that most of the people coming forward right now want publicity and “are dirty ugly people.”
“I have never gone to pubs in my life. You’ll never find me at any page 3 or filmy parties. My name sells. If someone’s benefiting from it, good. Sometimes earning their bread and butter with my name, it’s fine,” he added.
“Koi mota hai, koi patla hai. No one deserves (the attention). Just to grab some attention they are coming out. Most of the fat and ugly girls are blaming and I wasn’t born at that time. I don’t know against whom should I take action. Why should I give attention to that person? You are giving it importance, not me.”
For the uninitiated, this isn’t the first time Bhattacharya has been violent towards a woman; he has gotten into trouble multiple times for abusing women and in 2015, the Indian police had booked the singer for allegedly molesting a 34-year-old woman.