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Tamil News Website Dinakaran Misconstrues Actor Siddharth’s Tweets About Tanushree Dutta

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The online version of Tamil newspaper Dinakaran, in an article published today, misconstrued actor Siddharth’s tweet in support of actress Tanushree Dutta and reported that he ‘attacked’ her by questioning why she’d remained silent all along. Siddharth duly called them out and demanded an apology, following which the tweet and the article were deleted.

Siddharth was one of the few from the industry who had voiced support for the Aashiq Banaaya Apne actor when she opened up about an incident of sexual assault on the sets of a film. Dutta had accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her while shooting a song sequence in 2009 for the movie Horn Ok Pleassss.

Siddharth termed the Dinakaran article ‘dangerous, illiterate and arrogant journalism’. The article titled ‘Why Was She Quiet All Along?’ quoted the actor as wondering why Dutta hadn’t opened up about the assault for ten years.

But Siddharth, in his tweets, had in fact urged people to listen to women who come forward to talk about instances of abuse irrespective of the time frame. He categorically stated that when reporting abuse, the benefit of the doubt should lie with the victim.

Siddharth’s decision to support Dutta gains prominence at a time when major Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan have refused to comment on the issue.

Tanushree Dutta had reported the incident in 2009, but it had failed to gain traction back then. She had called out the director of the movie Rakesh Sarang and choreographer of the song Ganesh Acharya for failing to take action. Ganesh Acharya denied Dutta’s claims.

Dutta, who chose to walk out of the song, had to face the wrath of Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) workers who arrived at the scene at the behest of Patekar, as claimed by the actress. Dutta’s car was vandalized by the mob, the video of which has gone viral.

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