Sona Mohapatra criticises Sonu Nigam for defending Anu Malik: 'Multiple testimonies not proof enough?'

Press Trust of India

Dec 20, 2018 10:23:03 IST

Saying that she found him "brighter than most of his peers", singer Sona Mohapatra Wednesday took on colleague Sonu Nigam for his reported defence of composer Anu Malik, who she alleged is a "serial predator". Nigam was quoted as saying at a media summit over the weekend that Malik, his long time friend, was accused without any proof and had maintained a dignified silence on the #MeToo allegations.

 Sona Mohapatra criticises Sonu Nigam for defending Anu Malik: Multiple testimonies not proof enough?

Sona Mohapatra. YouTube

Mohapatra, Shweta Pandit and two other budding singers, who chose to remain anonymous, made allegations of sexual harassment against Malik in October, when the #MeToo movement was gathering pace. Mohapatra, who called Malik a "serial predator", said she felt "let down" by Nigam's remarks.

Malik has repeatedly denied all the allegations. His lawyer told Press Trust of India at the time that the #MeToo movement was being used for his client's "character assassination". Following the allegations, the music composer stepped down as a jury member from Indian Idol, a singing reality show of which he was part since its inception in 2004.

The singer commented on Nigam's reported remark that there was no proof against the composer, saying there were "possibly 100 plus women and men" who can attest to Malik's "deplorable abusive behaviour".

Nigam is already under fire for his reported remark on Pakistan at the media summit. He was quoted as saying, "... it would be better if I was from Pakistan". On Tuesday night, he said on Facebook that the comment was misconstrued. Mohapatra was quick to react.  

Updated Date: Dec 20, 2018 10:23:50 IST