Published: Sun, October 21, 2018

Anu Malik removed from Indian Idol

Anu Malik removed from Indian Idol

Last week, singer Shweta Pandit had accused Malik of sexually harassing her when she was 15.

Music composer Anu Malik has stepped down from the jury panel of singing reality show, Indian Idol, a statement from Sony Entertainment Television read. The show will continue its planned schedule and we'll invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge extraordinary talent of Indian Idol Season 10, read the full statement.

Anu Malik had been judging the show since its inception.

Anu was quoted by IE as saying, "I have issued a statement to the channel 'I, Anu Malik, have made a decision to take a break from Indian Idol as I am now unable to focus on my work on the show.' The channel has been kind to agree for the same". She even registered her complaint in Oshiwara police station but no action was taken yet. She further stated that Malik used to call her with names like darling, baby and sweety, making her feel uncomfortable. While the channel has not gone into the reason as to why has Anu been sacked, reports suggest that it is all thanks to the sexual harassment charges levelled on him by Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit. This is my #MeToo and have to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp @IndiaMeToo.

Earlier, Sona too had accused Malik of sexual harassment.

Already being nearly out of the show, Malik is now accused by one more survivor and that too, former assistant producer of Indian Idol season 5. It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. Malik has repeatedly denied the allegations. I have never worked with her also.

Another victim revealed that Anu had asked her to meet at his place wearing a chiffon saree. When she said no, he said that then you must be so lonely. Ever since the allegations were made on Malik, the channel had been discussing the whole matter and now came to the conclusion of dropping him till the matter is further investigated.

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