In the wake of #MeToo movement, Sony channel asked music director Anu Malik to step down from his duties as the judge of the famous musical talent show ‘Indian Idol’. Malik was accused by four women including Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit for sexual harassment and abuse.
A statement released by the channel stated, ” Anu Malik is no longer a part of Indian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule & we’ll invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge the extraordinary talent of Indian Idol season 10.”
On the other side, the composer mentioned that he is taking a break from his duties and the channel has not asked him to do so. ” I, Anu Malik, have decided to take a break from Indian Idol as I am currently unable to focus on my work on the show. The channel has been kind to agree for the same. Thank you.”
As the #MeToo movement raging in the country, many top-notch celebrities have been accused of harassment. Sona Mohapatra wrote on her Instagram, “To all the young girls & women who are coming out with their experiences with this creep, journalists, ‘fans’ & even kids from college, know that you are not alone. This guy, #KailashKher is a serial predator & has been for years as are many others like Anu Malik in the industry. I cannot be tweeting about everyone cus I work 18 hour work days & have a life to live & breathe in.”
Shweta Pandit in a tweet thanked Sona for speaking about the issue as this gave her the courage to share her piece of the incident, “Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up – it is now or never. This is my #MeToo and has to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp @IndiaMeToo. Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this.”
Anu Malik to Step Down as the Judge of Indian Idol Season 10 after Allegations of Sexual Harassment
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