After a year of being allegedly extorted, a Sandalwood actor Sunita* has filed a complaint with the Bengaluru Police against popular Kannada actor Dharmendra alias Dharma - known for playing negative roles.
Sunita alleges that Dharma had been extorting money from her since March 2017 and even threatened to kill her husband and children, if she did not comply with his demands.
According to the police, on June 6, at around 10 am, Sunita arrived at the Begur Police Station to file a complaint of extortion and criminal intimidation against the actor.
Sunita alleged that Dharma had called her on the night of March 1, 2017 and asked her to go to Bengaluruâ€™s Rajarajeshwarinagar for a shoot.
â€śThat night, Dharma sent his driver Naveen to Sunitaâ€™s house to pick her up. He dropped her off at the shooting set in Rajarajeshwarinagar. When she reached the set, Dharma told her that the shoot was cancelled and asked her to have dinner before leaving. He gave her food and cool drinks after which she became unconscious,â€ť the FIR reads.
When Sunita gained consciousness, Dharma allegedly showed her an explicit video he had purportedly taken while she was unconscious and threatened her with dire consequences, if she did not pay him the money he demanded, the Begur Police said.
Dharma allegedly threatened to show the video to Sunitaâ€™s parents and also upload it online if she did accede to his demand.
Between March 2017 and May 2018, Sunita alleges that she paid Dharma a sum of Rs 14 lakh and on the night of May 27, 2018, Sunita and her husband confronted Dharma and demanded that he return the money he had extorted from them.
â€śOn that night (May 27), Dharma even came to my house, banged on the door, threatened to kill me, my husband and children if we do not pay him more,â€ť the FIR states.
When Dharma allegedly kept extorting money from Sunita, she finally decided to file a complaint with the police. The Begur Police have registered a case of extortion and criminal intimidation under sections 384 and 506, against Dharma and Naveen.
Dharma, popular for playing negative roles, began his career in Kannada cinema with Kichcha Sudeepâ€™s movie â€“ Huchcha. Dharma went on to become a successful actor and became famous after playing negative roles in Edegarike, Mane Magalu, Aa Dinagalu, Mantralaya Mahatme, Mandya, Veera Madhakari, Slum Bala, and Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna.
He was a dance choreographer before he took up acting and is also part of the Celebrity Cricket League, where he plays for Karnataka Bulldozers.