After Meesha Shafi, more women come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Ali Zafar

FP Staff

Apr,20 2018 15:05:58 IST

Pakistani singer-actor Meesha Shafi on Thursday accused Ali Zafar of sexually harassing her, saying the decision to share her #MeToo story was difficult but she felt it was important to break the culture of silence.

It sure did, as more women have come forward with similar allegations on Twitter. The accusers tweeted their support to Shafi saying she was not alone.

Zafar, a well-known face in Bollywood, has "categorically denied all claims of harassment" and said that he "intends to take this through the courts of law".

Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi/Image from Twitter.

Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi/Image from Twitter.

Subsequently, make-up artist Leena Ghani commended the Reluctant Fundamentalist actor on her bravery for speaking up and shared her #MeToo experience. She said, "In the many years I have known Ali, he has on several occasions crossed boundaries of what is appropriate behaviour between friends.”

Journalist Maham Javaid then joined in recounting her cousin's experience with Ali, when he tried to kiss her and then pull her into a restroom with him.

Blogger Humna Raza described an encounter when Ali made an inappropriate contact at a public event.

Shafi, who belongs to a family of actors, dropped the bombshell on Twitter where she posted a lengthy statement. She said she had been subjected to sexual harassment "of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague" on more than one occasion.

Meanwhile, Zafar took to Twitter to deny the allegations and said: "I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any allegations here, contesting personal vendettas on social media and in turn disrespecting the movement, my family, the industry and my fans".

Updated Date: Apr 20, 2018 15:15 PM