Bollywood actor Jeetendra was on Wednesday accused of sexually harassing his cousin, who has come forward to file a police complaint 47 years after the alleged incident. Jeetendra has dubbed the charges as “baseless”, and a “miserable effort by a jealous competitor to disrupt his business activities”.
Jeetendra, whose real name is Ravi Kapoor, is the son of the victim’s father’s sister. The victim made the allegation in a police complaint filed with Himachal Pradesh’s Director General of Police.
A copy of the complaint is with IANS. Rubbishing the charges, Jeetendra’s counsel Rizwan Siddiquee in a statement said, “Foremost my client (Jeetendra) specifically and categorically denies any such incident.”
He claimed that such “baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims” cannot be entertained by any court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years.
The victim has claimed that on the night they reached Shimla, Jeetendra returned to the room in an inebriated state, joined the two separate beds and sexually assaulted her.
The allegation comes amid the #MeToo campaign as part of which women have come out about facing sexual abuse at the hands of powerful men.
While several ladies have accused Hollywood’s powerful men, the Hindi film industry — while admitting the prevalence of abuse — has not been named and shamed as openly.
Jeetendra, now 75, is a well-known name in the Hindi film industry. He is also a film producer, and has daughter Ekta and son Tusshar with wife Shobhaa.
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