Recently, Kannada actress Sruti Hariharan accused Arjun Sarja of sexual assault and unprofessional behaviour during the shoot of Vismaya. The actress shared her story in a long Facebook post and also spoke about it during a media interaction. Now, Arjun Sarja has filed a defamation case of Rs 5 crore against Sruthi Hariharan. According to media reports, an FIR has been filed against the actress with the cyber crime police. The Civil court will hear the case on Friday, i.e today.
Sruthi, a few days ago took to social media and accused Arjun Sarja of sexual harassment. “I was shooting for a bilingual film which starred Arjun Sarja, a man whose movies I have grown up watching. I was excited about the opportunity,” reads her Facebook post.
“During a (film) rehearsal, we delivered our lines and Mr Arjun hugs me. With no forewarning or permission, he runs his hands intimately up and down my back. He pulls me closer with my body taut against his and asks the director if we could use this idea of foreplay in the scene,” the actress had stated in her post.
Check out the full post below:
#metoo #comingout against all odds. Inspite of the all the comments, backlash and misogyny that will follow, I share my experiences below cos this is about a larger change! Bring it on ! #Speakup men and women . It's time. pic.twitter.com/xzjA8EnGjR
— sruthihariharan (@sruthihariharan) October 20, 2018
On the other hand, Arjun denied all the allegations. “I am not able to digest those accusations. If I don’t respond people might think that I might be guilty. So, I am out here to give my clarification,” Arjun said in an interview to a TV channel.
The actor further responded to the accusations that he never asked Sruthi on dinner. He says, “I don’t remember, but I might have asked her to join for lunch on the sets. However, I never asked her to go out for dinner.”
Arjun Sarja also put out some questions asking why did the actress praise him back then and that if she is putting all these accusations on someone’s say. “Why did she praise me then and why her stand about me has changed all together? Is she telling those words or someone else is behind her?” the actor questions.