Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Anu Malik confirms stepping down as 'Indian Idol' judge

Anu Malik confirms stepping down as 'Indian Idol' judge

Music composer, Anu Malik, who was seen judging the TV reality show, Indian Idol 10, was asked to step down from his position following sexual misconduct allegations against him by singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit.

Pandit, who debuted with Yash Raj Film's Mohabbatein, took to Twitter and recounted the incident that occurred when she was 15. She added that Malik had been preying on girls his daughters' age for a long time. However, she refused to do so since it had Anu Malik as one of the judges and he had sexually harassed her seven years ago. Two budding singers also levelled similar allegations against him. Lyricist Sameer Anjaan also defended him and tweeted that no such incident took place.

Sona Mohapatra has named Anu Malik and Kailash Kher in her #MeToo accounts. In a statement, the music director, who has been attached with the show as a judge since 2004, said he had chose to step away from it as he was not able to "focus on my work". "My client respects the #MeToo Movement but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious", Anu Malik's lawyer Zulfiquar Memon was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. This guy, #KailashKher is a serial predator & has been for years as are many others like Anu Malik in the industry. A female singer who refuses to sing for Malik says, "I don't know whether his sweet wife Anju is blind to her husband's predatory ways or she's just ignoring them, Chances are, she is only pretending not to know".

Bollywood composer and singer Anu Malik has been removed from the television reality show Indian Idol as its judge. The show's producer, Ninad Vaidya, said, "He recorded the song and though I was not present on the set, I was told that he was there for only for a few minutes, as he could not focus on his work. She was startled. The cameraman, who was sitting in the front seat, wasn't aware of what was going on behind him", Ms D'Souza told mid-day.

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