Vikas Bahl is in a mess. After Phantom’s dissolution and being embroiled in sexual harassment controversies, the filmmaker has taken legal course to deal with his issues. However, in a recent development a few days back, the Phantom employee who has accused him of sexual misconduct, told the court and media that she doesn’t intend to take the fight to the court and wants to be left alone. But this has not gone down too well with the filmmaker who wants to prove his innocence in the court of law.

According to a report in The Quint, the victim had on October 19 submitted to the Bombay Hight Court that she does not want to file a complaint against Vikas Bahl. Responding to this, Bahl's lawyer said , “It is not that easy to walk away from things. She is thinking only about her life, she isn’t thinking that my image will be maligned. Now, the plaintiff (Bahl) is in a position where it would be impossible to establish that the claims were malicious. It is not enough for the victim to make these assertions to the defendants (Kashyap and Motwane), the press and then be asked to left alone.”vikas bahl
Vikas Bahl

These statements were made at a hearing (held yesterday) of the Rs 10 crore defamation suit that Vikas Bahl had filed in Bombay High Court against Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. In the defamation suit, Bahl has accused Kashyap, Motwane and various media houses maligning his image. According to the report, Kashyap and Motwane, have supported the allegations made by the alleged victim (Phantom employee) against Bahl.

Arguing that the woman is not ready to take the case to a logical end, Bahl's counsel added that her version cannot be believed without cross-examination. The lawyer also slammed Anurag Kashyap for not speaking up all this while, which indicates that Motwane and Kashyap’s intensions are just to settle scores with Bahl.

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Phantom Group

As a reply to Bahl's counsel, Kashyap and Motwane's lawyers said, "No amount of nitpicking is going to change what happened on the night of 4th and 5th (4 and 5 May 2015, when the alleged sexual harassment incident is said to have taken place). Is this the sort of sensitivity that should be shown in cases like these? At least three actors have come out publicly and said this man has a tendency to misbehave."

Kashyap and Motwane's lawyers claimed that when Kashyap confronted Vikas Bahl, he confessed to making sexual advances towards the victim against her wish and broke down. “Bahl is not afraid of the victim. He is more afraid of more women coming forward. He is afraid of skeletons being buried in his cupboard.” Kashyap and Motwane’s lawyers said.The next hearing in the case will be on Thursday October 25.


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