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Subhash Ghai Accused of Spiking a Woman’s Drink & Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Her

Veteran director Subhash Ghai, who is known for making movies like Karz, Ram Lakhan, Hero and Taal has been accused of sexual assault by an anonymous woman on Twitter.

Koimoi reports how writer Mahima Kukreja shared screenshots of a private conversation on Twitter and wrote that the alleged victim was a ‘credible media/lit personality’.

It can be seen that the anonymous accuser’s profile on Twitter has a blue tick of verification can be spotted above her name.

The woman shared that the incident happened when she was working with the director on a film.

Here’s what she exactly shared with Mahima Kukreja:

“He said he would be my mentor and would guide me in the film industry. I listened to him cos I had no Godfather in the film industry and no friends.

I was new to Mumbai. But I was hungry to learn and to prove to my parents that being a director was my true calling”.

“In the beginning, he would take me to music recordings and I’d have to sit there until very late at night with other male members. No one did anything in front of him.

When recordings finished I took an auto home or he would drop me. He slowly started putting his hand on my thigh, giving me a big hug saying I did well that day.

Then he’d call me to script sessions at his small apartment In Lokhandwala. This was where he said he’d do script sessions with other actresses.

When I went there though there was no one and he was alone in his two-bedroom place. This was not the house he stayed with his wife. This was he said his thinking pad.

Instead of script session, he started talking about how he was so misunderstood in the industry and only I was the one who loved him.

He pretended to weep and put his head on my lap. Then when he was getting up he kissed me forcefully. I was shocked and left that day.”

The next day in office he said lovers have tiffs. And I should just get on with work. I had no other job, no financial security, no family.

I let it go cos I was scared and I told only the first AD and my two other girlfriends who I don’t want to name because they have their own cross to bear with him as he tried things with them as well.”

“One evening after a music session it became late again and he decided to have a drink. He used to love whiskey. His driver Babu used to have a ready stash in the car.

No one used to check. He gave me a drink as well it was spiked. After that, I remember getting into his car and I thought he was dropping me home.

But he made Babu drive to Lonavala. I was in and out of consciousness but I remember clearly and I swear on my child that I asked him where we are going and please take me home.

He took me to Fariyas hotel. He said he went there regularly to write. They always had a suite available for him. I was wobbly but he held me and took me to the suite.

He took off my jeans and he mounted me. I was trying to scream but he put his hand over my mouth. I was also not very lucid because of the drug in my drink. So I cried and passed out.

Next morning, I remember he had ordered some toast and was having breakfast when I woke up. The sofas were red and musty.

The sunlight streamed in from the windows to my right. I vomited.”

“He dropped me home. I took a few days off and a person from his team called to say I wouldn’t be paid for the month if I quit now. So I went back to work and gave my resignation a week later.”

Further continuing the accuser said that she never spoke and saw him, after the incident.

According to IANS, Subhash Ghai denied all the allegations, termed them as false and warned for defamation.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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