Actress Preity Zinta, who has accused her former boyfriend and businessman Ness Wadia of molestation and abuse, today said she had to take the “stern step” as the incident took place in front of “way too many people” and hoped the police will do their job “fairly and quickly”.
“This time I was left with no option but to take this stern step as this incident happened in front of way too many people,” Zinta, 39, who had filed a police complaint against Wadia on Thursday night, said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Following is the unedited text of Zinta’s statement as posted on Facebook:
“From my heart….
I may not be super wealthy and powerful but i have truth by my side and I’ve worked very hard all my life and tried to earn respect for myself as a self made professional. It saddens me that no one at work or around ever stood up for me in the past when i was abused and insulted publicly. This time i was left with no option but to take this stern step as this incident happened in front of way too many people.
Sometimes we are so ashamed and humiliated that we fool ourselves to believe that no one saw what happened . Everyone always looks away as if they don’t exist or then we don’t exist. People are embarrassed just enough to look away, but not too embarrassed to intervene.
Ironically what happened at Wankade is being diluted by every other fabricated story about my character except the truth of what happened. I’m sure the witnesses will speak the truth and i trust and believe that the police will do their job fairly and quickly.
No woman likes to be involved in a controversy like this which makes her open and vulnerable for all to take a dig at. I have worked for over 15 years in the film industry and have never been subject to such humiliating behaviour and for that i really want to thank all the men that worked with me. Through all our highs and lows my head was always held high.
Every human being has a limit to how much they can take ; some of us foolishly call it strength and try to look ahead focusing on the positives of work and life. All these years i have never said anything about him in the media but now i have no choice.
I humbly request the media and my supporters to pls focus on the issue and the incident that happened in Wankade and not turn this and me into a TV soap. This is not easy for me and my intention is not to harm anyone but simply to protect myself and to stand up for myself. I don’t want any sympathy from anyone but i will sincerely appreciate it if people do not try to take away my dignity in the process of my fight for respect at my workplace. I think after all these years i deserve it and I’m not asking for too much.
An FIR was lodged after the actress, who jointly owns the Kings XI Punjab IPL cricket team with Wadia, filed a complaint at the Marine Drive Police station against him alleging that he molested, abused and threatened her inside the Wankhede stadium in south Mumbai on May 30.
Wadia said he was shocked by the complaint and termed the allegations as false and baseless.