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#MeToo gains momentum in India: Karim Morani accused of rape

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An actress from Delhi has accused Bollywood producer, Karim Morani of raping her. The woman alleged that Morani (the man behind Chennai Express, Ra.One, Happy New Year) drugged, raped, and threatened her.

“Morani came home around 7 pm with a bottle of wine. I didn’t drink but he forced me to drink. Next thing I know, I wake up at 4 am. I was numb and shocked. Physically and mentally, I was in a state of shock. Karim was not there. I saw there were marks on my body when I woke up,” says the woman, who was 21 at the time.

She stated that when she contacted Morani after the incident, he only laughed and said nothing else.

Read more: India #MeToo claims halt production of Bollywood blockbuster

“Morani told me he clicked my pictures. He said if you try and call anyone, I’ll get you killed by the underworld. Morani was linked to the underworld. He called me again in October 2015. He wanted me to go to Ramoji City. He would blackmail me saying he’d get me eliminated by the underworld.

I don’t doubt that he’s influential. I’ve seen it that he’s influential and I know he could have eliminated me,” said the woman, alleging Morani continued to sexually abuse her, using her pictures as a ploy.

Despite threats from Morani, the aspiring actress filed a cased against him in early 2017. The police had registered a case against Morani for rape, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation, cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage, and cheating; the producer is out on bail at present while a court case is ongoing.

“He’s over 60 and I’m younger than his youngest daughter. He spoilt my life, my dream. He crushed me. I continue to face threats. Till date when he comes to court, he stares me down and intimidates me,” she said.

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The producer is also a close friend of SRK’s; the woman also questioned how the actor could work with a predator.

“I don’t want to drag SRK into this but how can such an icon work with him and support a man like this. Nobody spoke out about me or backed me up. How can top actors like SRK work with him?” she said.