Don’t remember the stated incident but extend my apology: Piyush Mishra on #MeToo allegation

New Delhi: After Tanushree Dutta spoke up about being harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008, the #MeToo movement has gained momentum in India this time.

Ketki Joshi, a former newspaper staffer on Thursday accused writer-actor-poet Piyush Mishra of rubbing his hand over against her hand and asking her to sit next to him.

#metoo1. Piyush Mishra – Writer, actor, music composer.In 2014, in a private party organized by my friends, he was a…

Posted by Ketki Joshi on Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ketki’s Account

Ketaki had met him in 2014, at a private party, organised by her friends. He called her to come and sit next to him and she did.

“It was my fan moment. I praised him for his work and said I was a fan. He started lightly flirting in front of 20-25 people. Sang a song, looking right into my eyes. Everything was pleasant till then. I took it as harmless flirting. He was drinking all through the party and was too drunk by the time of wrap-up,” she wrote.

She added that she was waiting with her friend, so that she could go home. “He was sitting in a chair and as soon as I passed near him, he grabbed my hand and started rubbing his hands against mine.” Ketki looked at her host in the hope that she would help her. The host told her to come with her to the terrace, to help in clearing things up.

“Unfortunately, he was sitting between the kitchen and the terrace of the penthouse. As I was making another round to the terrace, he again grabbed my hand and started rubbing it. He suddenly stood up and took a step towards me. I sensed that he was coming to hug me or grope. I told him in an authoritative voice, “Aap please baith jaye.”

On hearing this, others took her away from the scene. Ketki added that had others not been there, she was sure that he would have sexually assaulted her.

I do not remember the incident: Mishra

Mishra said in his response that he had read the allegations made about him and forwarded to him by a few journalists.

“I do not remember the stated incident as I was probably a few drinks down. But nevertheless I would like to extend my apology for making the lady uncomfortable either with my words or actions,” Mishra was quoted as saying in media reports.