The filmmakers had spoken out after a member of the crew accused Vikas Bahl of sexually assaulting her during the promotional tour of ‘Bombay Velvet’.

Vikas Bahl sends notices to Anurag Kashyap Vikramaditya Motwane for defamatory remarks
news #MeToo Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:19

Producer-director Vikas Bahl, accused of sexual assault and harassment, has sent legal notices to filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane for making ‘defamatory allegations’ against him.

Copies of legal notices sent to both of them refer to their tweets and the HuffPost article, which first carried the testimony of a film crew member who accused Bahl of sexually assaulting her during the promotional tour of the 2015 movie Bombay Velvet.

“The said tweet and the Huffington post interview has been made by you as a result of professional jealousy and with the sole intent to defame our client, malign his image and destroy his career which is demonstrated by the facts and circumstances set out herein below (sic),” reads the legal notice sent to both filmmakers.

The notice also accuses Kashyap and Motwane to have made statements against him based on “hearsay material” and adds, “Our client states that you are neither a witness nor an alleged victim, but instead an opportunist seeking to derive benefit based on unsubstantiated information.”

Bahl has also accused Kashyap and Motwane of ‘timing’ their allegations just before the release of his new film Super 30 which stars Hrithik Roshan in the lead.

Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane were all a part of Phantom films, which was recently dissolved. He has been accused of sexually assaulting a female crew member during the promotional tour of Bombay Velvet.

The notice goes on to add that the dissolution of Phantom was an ongoing discussion but both filmmakers have “falsely and conveniently portrayed to the media that the reason for parting ways is supposedly the alleged incident of May 2015 which is false and has been done in bad taste.”

Both Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane are yet to comment on the notice.

According to the Huffpost article, the survivor recounted that Bahl allegedly accompanied her to her hotel room in the early hours of May 5, 2015 and sexually assaulted her. The survivor added that she approached Anurag Kashyap in October 2015 to confide in him but her testimony was not taken up seriously. Shortly after the article was published, Kangana Ranaut too spoke out and accused Vikas Bahl of misconduct on the sets of the 2014 film Queen, which he directed.

Bahl has denied the allegations.

Read: Me Too: Why written record of harassment is important even if you don’t complain

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