Rakhi Sawant had told the media that Tanushree Dutta ‘not harassed’ but was ‘getting doped’ on the sets of ‘Horn Ok Pleassss.’

Tanushree Dutta files for defamation against Rakhi Sawant for calling her dopedTanushree (L), Rakhi (R)
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Actor Tanushree Dutta has filed a defamation complaint worth Rs 10 crore against Rakhi Sawant, for the latter’s allegation that Tanushree was “getting doped” on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008. Tanushree Dutta has accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of the 2008 movie.

Rakhi Sawant was called to replace Tanushree in the song which she walked out of after Nana Patekar allegedly tried to touch her inappropriately during the shoot. In an interview, Tanushree had expressed her displeasure that someone like Rakhi had been called in to replace her for the song, and she found it insulting.

On September 29, in response, Rakhi made several statements, calling her a liar and alleged that she was a drug user and that she was making the allegations for attention and publicity.

Tanushree’s advocate Nitin Satpute told India Today that they had filed a criminal and civil defamation complaint against Tanushree for maligning Rakhi’s character and images. He added that if Rakhi did not reply, she will be punished for two years.

What Rakhi said

“Tanushree Dutta yedi hai, pagal hai, ek number ki jhoothi hai” (Tanushree is mad and she’s a liar of the first order),” Rakhi had said at the press meet. Narrating the incident, Rakhi said that Tanushree was in her vanity van on the set for 3-4 hours and refused to come out despite several people on the set trying. While Tanushree had said she was in the van after Nana sexually harassed her, Rakhi alleged that Tanushree was “getting doped” inside and was unconscious for several hours.

She also accused Tanushree of continuing drug use in the US where she has been living for a while. “She was staying in [my friend] Bindu’s house. She took drugs every day there. She was not working there,” Rakhi told the media.

When asked by a reporter about how she knew that Tanushree was lying unconscious in her vanity van, considering the door was closed, Rakhi said, “You get her blood checked now! See how many drugs you find.”

She added that Tanushree had no proof of what she has been alleging. “If she has any proof, Rakhi Sawant will leave India,” Rakhi said. She also challenged Tanushree to come face to face with her, and that she would slap her if she did.

Apart from these, Rakhi also uploaded a series of videos on her Instagram, telling a similar version of events.  

Nana Patekar has dismissed Tanushree’s allegations of sexual harassment and filed a defamation case against her. He has also stepped out of upcoming film Housefull 4 as a result of the accusations.