MUMBAI: One of India’s top Bollywood actresses, Preity Zinta, has filed a police complaint alleging that she was molested, abused and threatened by a former boyfriend at an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match, officials said yesterday.
Zinta accused businessman Ness Wadia, who co-owns the Kings XI Punjab IPL team with the actress, of abusing her after the pair got into an argument while watching their team play the Chennai Super Kings on May 30.
“We received Zinta’s complaint on Friday,” Mumbai police officer Vijay Mane told reporters.
“She wrote that both of them were sitting together at the Mumbai Wankhede stadium on May 30 when they had an argument over something, following which he threatened her, pushed her and used bad language against her,” Mane said.
Zinta issued a statement yesterday describing it as a “difficult time”.
“This is not easy for me and my intention is not to harm anyone, but only to protect myself and stand up for myself... in the process of my fight for respect at my workplace,” Zinta said on Twitter.
In her long post, Zinta added “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... I’m sure the witnesses will speak the truth and I trust and believe that the police will do their job fairly and quickly.”
Wadia also issued a media statement expressing “shock” over the complaint and said the “allegations against me are totally false and baseless”.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said an investigation was under way.
“We will be recording the statements of the witnesses,” Maria told news channel CNN-IBN.
Police have lodged an initial case of “outraging the modesty of a woman”, intimidation and intentional insult, local media reported.
Zinta and Wadia, scion of the Wadia group, a conglomerate with interests in real estate, textiles and a low-budget airline, called off their five-year relationship in 2009. They continue to be business partners, according to local media.