Anu Malik Returns to Judge Indian Idol Despite Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
Anu Malik was accused of harassment by multiple women during the #MeToo wave that hit India a few months ago.
The #MeToo movement shook the world when cases of sexual harassment surfaced, accusing many famous male celebrities of misconduct. The movement resulted in a lot of male celebrities being sacked from projects, while many started refusing to work with the alleged harassers. However, in a recent wave it can be seen that people and channels are now not fearful of working with the people who were accused under the movement. One such example is that of Anu Malik, who was accused of sexual harassment by a number of women. This earlier led Sony to kick the music producer off the show, but now it is being reported that he will be brought back as a judge once again.
Reports reveal, "The makers and channel decided to reinstate Anu Malik as one of the judges as he, with his shair-o-shayari, is synonymous with Indian Idol. He has judged every season since the reality show began airing in 2004." Anu was accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women, including a minor. Singers Shweta Pandit and Sona Mahapatra were the leading ladies in accusing Anu. Shweta revealed that Anu asked her to kiss him when she was only 15. While the allegations against Anu haven’t been proven right, the channel and the makers of the show are once again ready to work with him.
The rehabilitation of the multiple accused @IndiaMeToo Anu Malik by @SonyTV on Indian Idol within a year as judge is a slap to ALL the good people of #India who want a better & safer future for their children, let alone women. #AnuMalik #RatReturnsToTheGutter & #SpreadingFilth https://t.co/6VWVMWmfjE— ShutUpSona (@sonamohapatra) September 9, 2019
Anu will be part of a three-judge panel which will also include Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar. Sona tweeted about the reinstatement of Anu as the judge of Indian Idol, saying, "The rehabilitation of the multiple accused Anu Malik on Indian Idol within a year as judge is a slap to all the good people of India who want a better and safer future for their children, let alone women." On the other hand, Anu has denied all the allegation against him and his lawyer has also told media that the #MeToo movement in India was being used for his client’s "character assassination".