Anu Malik’s name has surfaced in the #MeToo movement. First, it was Sona Mohapatra who called him out and said that he was a "serial predator." Then Shweta Pandit also called out the music composer saying that he asked her to kiss him when she was just 15. Indian Idol's former assistant producer, Danica D’Souza has also spoken to mid-day about Anu's misconduct. Now, Sony TV has decided to part ways with Anu Malik.

“Anu Mallik is no longer a part of the Indian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we will invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal (Dadlani) and Neha (Kakkar) to judge the extraordinary talent of Indian Idol season 10," read the spokesperson’s quote.

Vishal Daldani, Neha Kakkar And Anu Malik

Our well-placed sources inform that Anu voluntarily stepped down owing to the allegations against him. The music composer had recently told Mid-Day that the allegations were "false and per se defamatory". He went on to add, "I want to give a detailed reply after ascertaining the correctness [of the account]."

Anu Malik had been a part of the Indian Idol right from the first season. The #MeToo movement in India was kick-started by Tanushree Dutta, who spoke up about having faced sexual harassment at the hands of Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn 'Ok' Pleassss back in 2008.


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