‘Tara’ Lead Actor Accused of Sexual Assault by Producer

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Later she confirmed the same to the news agency IANS via SMS, saying that it is Alok Nath and her calling him "sanskaari" would do the needful. According to him, rape must have happened but someone else would have done it. Reacting on the accusations levelled against him, he reportedly said that he is neither denying, nor agreeing with it.

Nanda alleged that he would harass the lead actor of Tara and no one would do anything about it. "When I woke up the next afternoon, I was in pain". Some time later, he allegedly attempted to get the female lead fired and himself rehired on the show. "It is high time", she said in the statement. "I hadn't just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised", Vinta said.

"I empathise with the TV writer-producer for the awful pain she has gone through; it is unimaginable".

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The actor said she supports every woman and man who is standing up for herself/himself in the "Me too" movement.

Writer-director Vinta Nanda, who has accused Alok Nath of raping and harassing her, says while she was not anxious about naming the actor, she did not realise that the incident which scarred her life 20 years ago will blow up on social media. "It was a nervous breakdown I was going through, but I was trying to be fearless", she wrote, "I tried to pick up the threads of my life but channels and networks and sets and rehearsals started to freak me out". The screenwriter of the 90s popular show - Tara - in a long FB post wrote about how the veteran actor had abused her. She had even filed a Rs 1 crore defamation complaint against him for calling her a "drug user".

She said the "most hard part" and the "main reason" why she took so long to share the truth was because while she was working on the new series, "he asked me to come to his house again and I went to allow him to violate me". "I needed the job and didn't want to leave it as I needed the money".

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"I was producing and writing the No 1 show on TV called Tara". In a way, it was me who made her what she is.

Nanda also urged people "who have suffered at the hands of predators, to come out and say it aloud". "It was after this that I quit", she said. "In such a situation, it would be wrong to say anything", he added.

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