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    Huge Social Media Furore as Bollywood Singer Slams #MeToo Accused Music Director Anu Malik

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): A social media furore has erupted after Bollywood Singer Sona Mohapatra Twitter-slammed #MeToo accused Indian music director Anu Malik for his "out of work for no rhyme or reason" statements.

    In 2018, Anu Malik was removed as one of the panellist judges from the singing reality show Indian Idol after he came under #MeToo allegations that jolted many in the Indian film industry. Anu, however, had rubbished the allegations.

    Lashing out at Anu’s recent comments to a daily where he expressed his desire to get back into the Indian film industry while claiming innocence, Sona wrote a series of tweets reiterating the sexual assault allegations.

    “Anu Malik, these were the reasons, rhyme you go figure”, the singer said in one of her tweets. In another post, she quoted a fellow singer alleging that she too had accused him of sexual harassment.

    The twitterati was quick to take note of Sona’s outburst and a section of netizens backed her tweets, saying that owing to the allegations of sexual misconduct, Anu shouldn’t be allowed back in the industry.  

    However, a chunk of users disagreed with Sona, stating that the music director should not be made an outcast based on unproven allegations.

    On work front, Anu, who over the years has delivered several hit Bollywood songs like “Ek Garam Chaye ki Pyali” and “Gori Gori” has recently collaborated with rapper Parry G for a new music video.

    The #MeToo movement gained momentum in October 2017 after revelations of alleged sexual misconduct against influential film producer Harvey Weinstein.

    In India, the #MeToo movement picked up in Bollywood in 2018 after former actress Tanushree Dutta accused Indian star Nana Patekar of harassing her on a shooting set back in 2009. He rubbished the allegations. The hashtag #MeToo was launched on social media to embolden women to speak publicly about their experience of sexual abuse.

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