Published On: Sun, Oct 21st, 2018

Anu Malik no longer part of ‘Indian Idol’

Mumbai: Singer Anu Malik, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, was no longer part of the jury panel of the singing-based reality show “Indian Idol” season 10, according to an official statement on Sunday.

Anu Malik has denied reports that Sony asked him to step down as the judge of Indian Idol

The statement from Sony Entertainment Television channel said: “Anu Malik is no longer a part of the ‘Indian Idol’ jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we will invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar to judge the extraordinary talent of ‘Indian Idol’ season 10.”

He has been accused by singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit, who called him a “paedophile” and a “sexual predator”.

However, Anu Malik has denied reports that Sony asked him to step down as the judge of Indian Idol in the wake of multiple sexual allegations against him, and instead said he himself told the channel he wanted to take a break from the show as he was unable to focus on his work.

“The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #MeToo movement, but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious,” Malik’s lawyer Zulfiquar Memon said.

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