In the wake of the arrest on Monday of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband, businessman Raj Kundra, in connection with the ongoing porn racket case, adult actress Poonam Pandey has broken her silence and made shocking claims about her clash with him in 2019 over a contractual disagreement.
In a video that has surfaced on the internet, Poonam revealed that after she refused to sign a new contract with Kundra for handling her app on which she used to post adult content, he made her life hell.
"When I refused to sign the contract, he leaked my phone number with a caption, 'Call me now. I will strip for you'. He released this message along with my personal number and broadcast it. I still remember that after that my phone rang non-stop. I got calls from the whole world, including threatening messages," Poonam said in the video.The threatening calls and messages made Poonam fear for her life and she went into hiding.
"I was not home. I was living like a fugitive. I was scared that something would happen to me because of the kind of messages I used to get, such as 'I know where you are'. It was scary," Poonam said.
She also urged other women to come out and protest against Kundra if something like this has happened to them.
Who else complained against Kundra?
Several other actresses, as well as Poonam, have already come out against Kundra.
Actress Sherlyn Chopra, on Thursday, revealed that she was the first person to give an unbiased statement to the cyber crime unit of Maharashtra police in Raj Kundra's case.
"In March 2021, I went to the cyber crime unit's office and gave an unbiased, neutral statement in the case. I have a lot to say about this matter, but since it is sub judice, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on it," Chopra said.
पिछले कुछ दिनों से कई पत्रकार और मीडिया रिपोर्ट्स मुझे कॉल / वॉट्सएप/ ईमेल कर रहे हैं यह कहकर कि मैं आगे आकर इस विषय पर कुछ कहूँ।— Sherlyn Chopra 🇮🇳 (@SherlynChopra) July 22, 2021
आप को बता दूँ कि जिस व्यक्ति ने महाराष्ट्र साइबर को सबसे पहले इस विषय पर बयान दिया, वो कोई और नहीं बल्कि मैं हूँ। pic.twitter.com/9xwlOnVeT6
Puneet Kaur of YouTube took to Instagram on Tuesday and alleged that Kundra once tried to get her to work for adult app HotShots.
She wrote: "Brooo do you OGS remember our verified DM video where he reached out to me for hotshots!?!? Im deaaad. I can’t even WTF this mans was really luring people - we literally thought it was spam when he sent that DM to me!? Jesus Christ man rot in jail (sic)”.
YouTuber #PuneetKaur alleges #RajKundra tried to lure her for his app, says 'rot in jail'. He had approached her via social media direct messaging for his mobile app, through which pornography content produced by him was reportedly published. pic.twitter.com/qJFV0fT86H— lakhpati (@dutta_lakhpati) July 22, 2021
Model-actress Sagarika Shona Suman filed a police complaint in February 2021 and claimed that the businessman asked her to give a nude audition.
Actress Sagarika Shona claims Raj Kundra offered her web series, demanded 'nude audition' pic.twitter.com/8J8mizaGXT— Shivam Jhade 🇮🇳 (@jhade_shivam) July 20, 2021
In February 2021, several other aspiring actresses filed police complaints against a few casting agents and cameramen for luring them into pornography. After that, Mumbai Police busted a pornography racket and arrested more than nine people.
On 19 July 2021, Kundra was arrested by Mumbai Police and put in custody until 23 July on charges of being the "key conspirator" in creating and publishing pornographic content. His WhatsApp chats leaked in the public domain revealed how he and his partner Pradeep Bakshi, who lives in the UK and operates HotShots paid online platform, used to make hundreds of thousands of dollars through pornography.
Bribery claims against Crime Branch officers
On Thursday, a source close to India's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) revealed to online news portal Mid Day that in March 2021, the firm of Arvind Srivastava, alias Yash Thakur, identified as the kingpin of the porn racket, complained to the ACB by email and alleged that Kundra had avoided arrest thus far by bribing Crime Branch officers with INR2.5 million ($34,000).
The ACB forwarded the email to the office of the Mumbai police chief but the officers have refused to comment on the allegations.
“The ACB investigates only if there is demand for money and it can lay a trap. Since, in this case, the money had already changed hands, as alleged, the complaint was forwarded to the relevant department (Mumbai police) to initiate action”, a senior ACB officer told Mid Day on condition of anonymity.