The Mumbai Police on Thursday said that there is no evidence to prosecute Bollywood actor Nana Patekar in the case filed by Tanushree Dutta.
The suburban Oshiwara police filed a ‘B Summary’ report before a metropolitan magistrate in Andheri. The report is filed when the police fail to find any evidence against Patekar to file a chargesheet and seek trial.
Dutta had last year in October accused Patekar of harassing and misbehaving with her on the sets of ‘Horn Ok Pleasss’ in 2008.
She also alleged that during the shooting of the song sequence, Patekar inappropriately touched her even after she had clearly mentioned that she will not perform lewd, vulgar or uncomfortable steps.
Her accusation against Patekar triggered India’s #MeToo movement.
In an interview to Mid-Day in December, Dutta stated her intention to leave for the United States early in 2019.
“My future lies there. I will head out early next year. When I came down to Mumbai, I thought I would go back after a month, but it’s been five months,” Tanushree said, adding that “the legal process is not dependent on me being around.”
Soon after the allegations against him, Patekar held a press conference outside his house.
“What was the truth 10 years ago remains the same today and will continue to be tomorrow as well,” he said, and refused to take any questions on the controversy.
“My lawyer has advised me not to speak on the matter. Hence, I kept silent. Otherwise, I would have no issues talking to the press,” he had said at the time.