Just when we thought the Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi controversy had died down, the actor slammed a Rs 1 billion (Dhs 30.2 million) defamation suit against the singer.
Two months back, Meesha had accused Ali Zafar to sexually harassing her on various occasions. The popular singer denied all the allegations, claiming that she was out to ruin his reputation. Meesha’s shocking revelation kicked off the #MeToo movement in Pakistan, where many women stood strong with the singer in her fight against Ali Zafar.
Filed under the Defamation Ordinance 2002 on Saturday, Zafar has said in the notice that Shafi had caused “tremendous injury” to his “reputation, goodwill, livelihood” through “false, slanderous and defamatory” allegations, according to Geo News.
The suit reads: “As the defamatory statements are patently false, it can only be concluded that this malicious campaign has been launched against the plaintiff as part of a motivated conspiracy to tarnish the plaintiff’s good image through making false accusations.
“The defendant has associated herself with the global #MeToo movement, with one of the launchers of the #MeToo movement Rose McGowan labeling the defendant as ‘a heroine for our times’.”
In the breakdown of the Rs 1 billion damages, the notice read: “Be that as it may, that due to the defamatory campaign being spearheaded by the defendant, the plaintiff besides special damages in case of defamation further suffered the following damages: Mental torture Rs 2 crore, Loss of contacts Rs 8 crore, Loss of reputation/goodwill Rs 50 crore, Loss of business opportunities Rs 40 crore.”
Earlier, Shafi had confirmed she had received a legal notice sent by Zafar’s counsel, asking the singer-cum-actor to delete her tweet alleging harassment and issue an apology on Twitter, failing which he would file a Rs 1 billion defamation case against her.
Watch this space for more updates on this case!