Nana Patekar's lawyers have declared that they have sent a legal notice to Tanushree Dutta and they have demanded that the actress tender a public apology to Nana Patekar. Tanushree’s accusations of sexual harassment against Nana has sent shockwaves in the industry and beyond.
However, Tanushree, on the other hand, has denied receiving any such notice and has vowed to continue her fight against Nana and the makers of the film Horn 'OK' Pleasss on the sets of which she has alleged she was harassed.
On 2 October, Tanushree Dutta once again reiterated that she did not receive any legal notice from Nana Patekar. As she told The Quint, “I haven't received any notice (from Nata Patekar). These threats are put so that others like me would be scared to come forward. Anyone with a similar experience shouldn't worry about these kinds of intimidation tactics. The whole nation will support them,” said Tanushree Dutta.
On the other hand, Nana Patekar’s lawyer told news agency ANI that they are in the “process of sending a legal notice” to Tanushree.
"In process of a sending legal notice to Tanushree Dutta, as she has made false allegations and has spoken untruth. We will send the notice later today which will basically a notice seeking apology for her statements making allegations," Nana Patekar’s lawyer.
However, in a first, an actress’ collective has come forward in support of Tanushree Dutta. The Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) is very active in the southern film industry but this is the first time they have lent support to a Bollywood actress. The statement, which begins with a quote from Dracula, written by Bram Stoker says: “But we are strong, each in our purpose, and we are all more strong together.”
WCC extended its “support and solidarity” to Tanushree Dutta for “coming out fearlessly about the harassment endured at the workplace”. “While many are forced into silence due to lack mechanisms for redressal, her brave stand is a stepping stone towards justice,” the statement read.