The victim left in a rush and went to her boyfriend’s place disgusted over what had happened but Bahl kept sending texts – saying ‘Why did you leave, I could have dropped you’
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After Kangana Ranaut, allegations of sexual assault against Vikas Bahl, the director of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Queen are coming thick and fast. Days after a former employee of Phantom Films’ and Kangana came out with their stories of sexual assault at the hands of Vikas Bahl, another actress has spoken about her experience with Bahl.
As per a report of one Miss Malini, an actress has claimed that Bahl tried to ‘forcibly kiss’ her. She found Bahl “dodgy” and made sure she was never alone with him. “One day he was having a party where a lot of people I knew were going so I felt safe. But he got really drunk (or pretended to be) and he forcibly tried to kiss me on the lips, I pushed him and left immediately and he pretended not to see me leaving,” she said. “At least, 20 other people were at this party. I left in a rush and went to my boyfriend’s house because I was so disgusted but he kept sending me texts – saying ‘Why did you leave, I could have dropped you’. I had just had my dinner and gone with some writer buddies. That’s his strategy, he pretends to be drunk.”
The actress further stated “pretending to be drunk” was his strategy. “That’s what he does. Pretending to be drunk then saying things like, ‘I didn’t do anything, did you do something?’ This is why I am not requesting him for work, and have boycotted him entirely socially and professionally.”
Even Bahl’s wife knew of his misadventures. He got fired a couple of times in the past due to his behaviour
She also said that Bahl’s ex-wife knew of his misbehaviour and misadventures. She continued: “His ex-wife knew about his shenanigans too. He’s basically ruined her life… He got fired from some places he worked at before on similar ground. My question is why start a company with a repeat-offender when you know?”
Phantom Films, co-founded by Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena and Vikramaditya Motwane. However, now it has been dissolved because of such allegations by a former employee. In a report which appeared in Huffington Post, she detailed out how Vikas Bahl had sexually harassed her during a pre-release function of Bombay Velvet in Goa in 2015. Soon after, Kangana Ranaut came out with her Me Too story of how Bahl would bury his head in her neck and take in the smell of her hair.
Meanwhile, Motwane and Kashyap both have apologised to the victim on Twitter on Sunday.