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#MeToo row: Anu Malik steps down as 'Indian Idol' judge; Sona Mohapatra welcomes move

A week back, Malik had denied allegations saying he was being 'cornered' for something he didn't do.

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Updated: Nov 22, 2019, 11.43 AM IST
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Sona Mohapatra (left) thanked everyone on Twitter for supporting #MoveOutMalik campaign against singer and music composer Anu Malik (right).
Sona Mohapatra (left) thanked everyone on Twitter for supporting #MoveOutMalik campaign against singer and music composer Anu Malik (right).
MUMBAI: Music composer Anu Malik, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, including singers Sona Mohapatra, Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit, has offered to step down as a judge of a reality show on Sony TV, channel sources said on Thursday.

"He conveyed to the channel today that he wants to step down till he clears his name," a Sony Entertainment Television insider told PTI.

However, it is uncertain whether the channel accepted his resignation.

Malik remained unavailable for comment.

Mohapatra welcomed the move.

"Thank you to all the women & men & the media of India who supported our campaign #MoveOutMalik. A repeat offender like Anu Malik on national tv triggered a lot of trauma, pain & stress in many of our lives. I have been ill for a while & I hope to sleep well tonight," the singer wrote on Twitter.


The development comes a week after the music director denied the allegations, saying he was being "cornered" for something he did not do and may take legal action.

In a statement posted on social media, Malik called the claims "false and unverified", adding they had affected his "only source of livelihood".


Malik was first accused of misconduct last year during the #MeToo wave and was briefly dropped from the singing reality show.

The claims resurfaced with his reinstatement this September.

When he was reinstated Mohapatra penned an open letter, in which she recounted several allegations of harassment against Malik. She also lambasted musicians Sonu Nigam, Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar for supporting him.

Even veteran singer Alisha Chinai had accused Malik of molesting her during the shooting of her hit track "Made in India".



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2018: The Year Of #MeToo In India

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2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'.What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress quashed the rumours. However, director Vikas Bahl, who was one of the prime accusees, has been set free from all charges against him. The internal complaints committee of Reliance Entertainment, today, set the 'Queen' director free, who was accused by an employee of Phantom films under the #MeToo movement.(In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)
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