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19 Dec 2018

#MeToo: Sonu Nigam defends Anu Malik against sexual harassment allegations

#MeToo: Sonu Nigam supports Anu Malik against allegations

Singer Sonu Nigam has come out in support of his music director friend Anu Malik, who was accused of sexual misconduct by several women.

After #MeToo wave hit India, at least four women alleged Malik harassed them.

Defending him, Sonu slammed the accusers for 'naming' Malik 'without any proof' and called the allegations an attempt to tarnish his image.

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#MeToo: Sonu Nigam supports Anu Malik against allegations
Shweta Pandit, Sona Mohapatra had accused Malik of sexual harassment

Backstory

Shweta Pandit, Sona Mohapatra had accused Malik of sexual harassment

To recall, singers Shweta Pandit and Sona Mohapatra had shared their harrowing incidents and accused Malik of sexual misconduct.

After Shweta and Sona's revelations, two other women mustered the courage to speak against Malik and his predatory behavior.

Notably, the music director had rubbished the allegations leveled on him. His lawyer also released a statement and claimed Shweta's story was false and baseless.

Anu sacked

Post that, Malik was sacked from 'Indian Idol 10'

In the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations, Malik, who was judging Indian Idol 10, was asked to leave the show.

He has been associated with the singing reality show since its inception.

Confirming his exit, Malik had said he was taking a break as he was unable to focus on his work.

But seems he still enjoys 'support' in the industry.

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Sonu demands a proof from the accusers

Sonu's statement

Sonu demands a proof from the accusers

Expressing his views on Malik's controversy, Sonu, during a media event, asked for a proof from the accusers in the case.

He emphasized that people are blindly trusting the accusers who have no proof against Malik, which isn't fair.

"You accused him without any proof; let's accept that. Despite that, people are respecting the accusers, who are tarnishing Anu Malik's name," Sonu added.

Sonu supports Anu

You can't be a judge of someone else's life: Sonu

Sonu, who has also judged Indian Idol with Malik, questioned his ban and said that no one has the right to be a judge of someone else's life.

He said that while Anu has been shamed for allegations without proof, one can't snatch his bread and butter, and torture his family.

"You have accused him, shamed him; now don't punish his family," Sonu added.

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Who accused Anu Malik of sexual harassment?

Asked on 19-12-2018 by Chirag Jhadav

Answered by NewsBytes

Anu Malik was accused of sexual harassment by several women. His name was highlighted during the #MeToo movement by singer Shweta Pandit. It was followed by Sona Mohapatra and two other women who also shared their harrowing incidents against Malik.

What is Anu Malik's controversy all about?

Asked on 19-12-2018 by Ishan Bose

Answered by NewsBytes

Anu Malik caught into the #MeToo controversy after singers Shweta Pandit and Sona Mohapatra accused him of sexual misconduct. Besides, two other women also claimed to be harassed by Malik. Following the multiple sexual harassment allegations, Malik was sacked from Indian Idol 10.

Is Anu Malik returning to Indian Idol 10?

Asked on 19-12-2018 by Ananya Lobo

Answered by NewsBytes

Anu Malik will no longer be a part of Indian Idol 10. Despite being associated with the show for over a decade, Malik was sacked after multiple sexual harassment allegations. And with the show having its grand finale this weekend, chances of Malik's return are over.

What does Sonu Nigam has to say about Anu Malik's controversy?

Asked on 19-12-2018 by Arnav Pawar

Answered by NewsBytes

Sonu Nigam has backed Anu Malik against the sexual harassment allegations. The singer has asked for a proof from the accusers. He also said that one can't be a judiciary of anyone's life and torture his family without concrete proof.

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