#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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"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.
Thank you to all the women & men & the media of India who supported our campaign #MoveOutMalik . A repeat offender… https://t.co/9zY7zQ2FEC— ShutUpSona (@sonamohapatra) 1574347328000
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".
https://t.co/v7T8kIhsiA— Anu Malik (@The_AnuMalik) 1573739064000
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".