The accused had claimed that he had called Amala's manager and was told to meet the actor at the dance school.

Amala Paul slams media coverage of sexual harassment case says manager had no role
news Sexual Harassment Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:16

Two weeks after actor Amala Paul filed a sexual harassment complaint against a man who allegedly approached her to attend a 'private party' in Malaysia, she has issued another statement, emphasising that her manager in Malaysia had no role to play in the matter. 

Following the actor's complaint in Chennai, the police had arrested Azhagesan, who is employed in a garments firm. During inquiries, Azhagesan reportedly told the police that his friend Baskar informed him that a businessman is throwing a party for the actor in Malaysia. He was then allegedly asked to confirm if she was attending. Azhagesan had claimed that he had called Amala's manager and was told to meet the actor at the dance school. However, the manager denied talking to Azhagesan. 

Upset over the alleged mention of her manager in a salacious manner, the actor lashed out at media houses that 'are spreading rubbish'.

"Some media houses are spreading rubbish about my manager without even having the slightest of clue of what went on the other day and who the real culprits are. There is an investigation going on and I don't wish to be a hurdle in the same and that's the only reason I am choosing to keep mum on the findings. But that doesn't stop me from filing a defamation suit against such cheap journalism," said the actor. "This statement is also to notify that during the investigation by Chennai Police, police haven't found any ill-doing on behalf of my manager Mr. Pradeep Kumar and any of my team member," she adds. 

The accused had visited a dance school on Mannar Street in T Nagar on January 31, where Amala was practicing for an upcoming programme in Malaysia. He introduced himself to the actor and inquired if she will be visiting Malaysia for an event and she replied in the affirmative. He then asked if there was any party planned for a day after the programme, to which the actor replied that after-parties are a routine when such programmes are held abroad. The arrested man, then went on to ask her if she is interested in attending a party thrown by a private person at his guest house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Uneasy over the nature of this exchange, Amala and her team handed over the man to the Mambalam police. 

"He spoke as though he was part of the event. He spoke to me like he was someone known at the event. He spoke to me personally when I was alone inside. That's why I have complained. He has spoken like he was conducting a sexual trade, for a favour,” she had told the media then. 

The actor has now revealed that the police has found evidence of this alleged racket. In her statement, the actor says, "I thank the police for their swift action on the matter as they have not only found various evidences on the operations of the racket but have also arrested two of the linchpins. Few more arrest warrants underway for other suspects too. But I still request them to expedite their investigation and make public all the names who are involved in this racket."

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