Kate Sharma. Photograph:( ANI )
The actor Kate Sharma has filed a police complaint in Mumbai against the filmmaker Subhash Ghai.
In her police complaint, Sharma said Ghai called her to his home on August 6.
There were five to six people there, she said. In front of all of them, she added, Ghai asked her to massage him.
News reports quoted Sharma as saying in her complaint that she was shocked but because she respected Ghai's seniority, she massaged him for a few minutes.
Then she went to the bathroom to wash her hands.
Sharma says Ghai followed her, called her to his room to talk, and then tried to kiss her.
The reports quoted Sharma as saying she told Ghai she wanted to leave but he threatened her, saying he would not launch her if she did not stay the night.
On Sunday morning, Ghai tweeted that he was a "grt supporter d metoo movement but hope that those taking undue advantage of the movement do not end up diluting it 4their own short time fame".
"I feel grief if some one trying 2harm my reputation. Any way my lawyers will take care of matter," he added.
I am surely a grt supporter of d metoo movement n women empowerment bt hope that those taking undue advantage of the movement do not end up diluting it 4their own short time fame.— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) October 14, 2018
I feel grief if some one trying 2harm my reputation.Any way my lawyers will take care of matter
An unnamed woman accused Ghai on social media last week of having raped her. In the post — tweeted by the writer and poet Mahima Kukreja — the woman accused Ghai of spiking her drink, taking her to a hotel, and raping her there.
TW: drugging and raping. About Shubash Ghai. Told personally by the woman who faced the trauma. She’s also a very credible media/lit personality. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/YVMRZSpQc6— Mahima Kukreja 🌱🌈✊🏽 (@AGirlOfHerWords) October 11, 2018
"It is sad that it is becoming a fashion to malign anyone known, bringing some stories from past without any truth or blown up false allegations if all. I deny strictly and firmly all false allegations like these," the 73-year-old Ghai told PTI then.
"If she claims this way, she should go to the court of law and prove it. Justice will be done or I will go for defamation certainly," he added.