Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, who has courted several controversies earlier for his abusive tweets, has now been accused of sexually harassing a flight attendant. As the #MeToo movement has hit India, a huge number of women have opened up about their bitter experiences. A lot of celebrity names have popped up in the process and the latest one to surface is Abhijeet Bhattacharya.
The woman took to Facebook to share the incident and alleged that the 59-year-old singer harassed her in 1998 at a pub in Kolkata.
“#AbhijeetBhattacharya grabbed me by wrist and pulled me closer for refusing to dance or get intimate with him. This was the summer of 1998 , at the Anticlock – a nightclub in Hotel Hindustan International ,Kolkata – a place most of us Flight Attendants would frequent to unwind,” she wrote in her post.
Describing what happened that night, she wrote, “Abhijeet came closer and wanted to dance with me , with no intent to get into any dialogue with him , I just turned my back and started dancing looking at the mirror . Minutes later we decided to go pub crawling and left for Anticlock ,HHI .
“Oblivious to the fact that he followed me here , He twists my wrist , pulling me towards him and screaming in my ear ,” bitch what do you think of yourself , wait till I teach you a lesson ” , almost kissing and nibbling me on my left ear … I pushed him and ran to the DJ console to get him to shut the music down.”
Talking to The Indian Express, Abhijeet Bhattacharya came up with an explanation as lame as “(I) wasn’t born at that time”. “I don’t know against whom should I take action. Why should I give attention to that person? You are giving it importance not me. Most of the people who are coming out right now are dirty, ugly people. Koi mota hai koi patla hai. No one deserves (the attention). Just to grab some attention they are coming out. Most of the fat and ugly girls are blaming and I wasn’t born at that time,” Bhattacharya said.
On Wednesday, when Times Now news channel asked him to comment on the IE report, he repeated what he had said earlier. “I have said all the ugly, bad and fat ladies,” Bhattacharya clarified.
When he was further questioned on the words he used for women, Abhijeet replied, “No, These (people) are not women. This is a gender. These people are not women for me.”
However, this isn’t the first time, Abhijeet has a history of being abusive towards women on social media.
In August 2018, the singer was booked in Mumbai for verbally abusing a woman during a telephonic conversation.
However, Abhijeet had denied all the allegations. Commenting on the issue, he had said, “She has been threatening me and others to extort money. I have given a commercial place to rent. My tenants were getting some work done, and she objected to it. Being the owner of the place, I intervened in it.”
On 23 May 2017, Twitter suspended his account over sexist and offensive remarks targetted at some women users, particularly JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid.