#MeToo: Singer Sona Mohapatra accuses Kailash Kher of sexual misconduct

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Bhubaneswar: Joining the #MeeToo movement, Odisha-born singer Sona Mohapatra has brought sexual misconduct charges against  singer Kailash Kher. In a series of tweets posted on Tuesday, Sona accused Kailash for making inappropriate sexual advances towards her.

The 42-year-old singer has also revealed that she faced harassment by the music composer Anu Malik. On Wednesday night, she had called out Malik publically (on Instagram), of harassing her and also given out the details of various incidents, including Malik incessantly calling her at uncordial hours, and even called her “maal” in front of her husband, Ram Sampath, in a different separate incident.

In her tweets, she alleged that Kher made inappropriate sexual advances towards her during a concert. She tweeted,” I met Kailash for coffee in Prithvi Café to discuss a forthcoming concert where both our bands were playing & after the usual, a hand on my thigh with lines likes, your so beautiful, feel so good that a ‘musician got you’ (Ram) not an actor. I left not soon after.”

She also said, “That did not deter Kailash Kher though. On landing in Dhaka & on my way to the venue with the organisers, keeps calling me & when I don’t pick up, calls the organisers phone to get through to me & asks me to ‘skip’ the soundcheck & join him in his room instead to ‘catch up’.

“The shamelessness of this man. To call himself ‘simple’, ‘devoted to music’ & even claiming amnesia. If this chap could dare try this stunt with me, it’s a disease that he has & I can vouch for not only these two women’s stories but hundreds more he would’ve have preyed on, she added.

She even clarified over her accusations regarding Kailash Kher after two years. She tweeted, “Let me clarify, I wasn’t shedding either tears or scared because of Kailash Kher’s behaviour 2 years ago. I have dealt with lots of creeps like him in my life like many others. Only reason I shared this true set of incidents was to corroborate the other women’s claims about him.”

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