Days after a Bollywood actress accused Aditya Pancholi of rape, the actress has not revealed horrific ordeal in a complete statement to the police.
The actress also said that she had shared the incident to a senior IPS officer in 2004-06 but no action was taken.
A two and a half page statement was issued by the actress to the Versova police. An entertainment portal accessed it. The actress wrote about how she had come to Mumbai with the dream of making it big someday. “That year, I met Aditya Pancholi, who was then 38 years old, almost 22 years older than me. I used to stay at a hostel with a group of girls while he was married and had two children; his daughter was my age then,” she wrote.
The actress has alleged in her statement that Pancholi had drugged and raped her in a car. She said, “In 2004, I went to a party with him. Sometimes after having a drink, I started feeling dizzy. I suspected then that he had spiked my drink. After the party got over, Pancholi said he will drop me home. So I went with him in his Range Rover car. He stopped it in the middle of Yari Road and started getting forcefully physical with me. He also took photographs, which I wasn’t aware of.
She added “When we met the next time, he said we now share a relationship like the one between a husband and wife and we will live that way. I told him he was my father’s age and I want to marry someone who is as old as me. Then, he showed me all the photographs he’d taken of me inside his car and started blackmailing me. He threatened to show these pictures to others. At the time, I was quite young, I had no one in Mumbai and he took advantage of that.”
She said that between the year 2004-2006, Aditya kept her at different locations and tied to establish a forceful relationship with her by spiking her drink all the time. “He used to take my photos to blackmail and threaten me. Once, I was going to file a complaint against him, but he stopped my autorickshaw and beat me up; I was rescued by a pedestrian who saw me getting thrashed. At the time, I met and informed senior police officer Bipin Bihari about the incident.”
She stated “Between 2004 to 2005, I shifted to Pallavi Apartment with my aunt. Pancholi would come to that flat all the time with his friends and get forcefully physical with me. Every time, he would carry some medicine to spike my drinks. I used to feel dizzy after having them. He locked me in whenever he left my apartment. He would also assault me. He would give me drugs and click my photos; at the time, he used to get MDMA and ecstasy.”
The actress has also alleged that Pancholi had access to her Versova apartment. She said, “Fed up with him, in 2006-2007, I bought a flat in Versova and started living alone. Pancholi came there, made duplicate keys and trespassed into my house and assaulted me. He started breaking everything inside my house and screamed in a completely drunken state. He took all of my keys and left after locking me inside.”
The actress went on accusing him of beating his sister. She said “Between 2008 and 2009, I shifted to Bandra. My sister, who was unwell then, came to my house and we were living together. When I was away at a shoot, he came to my house and beat up my sister. When I returned home, I saw my sister was shivering and completely scared. I asked her what happened and she told me about how Pancholi had beaten her up. Then, I called him up to ask why he was troubling us, to which he started demanding money from me, saying that [I should pay] whatever he has spent on me. He asked for Rs 1 crore. In fact, I paid Rs 50 lakh and he stopped troubling us for a bit.”
Also after the actress became famous and recognized, she said that Aditya started demanding money by blackmailing her with the photographs. She said “Once I got famous and people began recognizing me, Pancholi once again started demanding money by blackmailing me with the photographs. I have the threatening messages he sent to my sister and brother. Pancholi kept threatening to send the photos to my friends, family, and relatives to destroy my career.”
The police have registered an FIR against Pancholi under various section of IPC. They recorded his statement on May 12 after receiving a complaint from the actress’s sister on email. However, Pancholi has refuted the allegations and submitted video footage of her lawyer talking about the rape case that would be filed if Pancholi didn’t withdraw the defamation complaint against the actress.
The court on Tuesday granted bail to Aditya Pancholi till July 19 and as per the bail condition, Pancholi has been asked to go to the Versova Police Station every Wednesday and Saturday and co-operate with the interrogation.