#MeToo hits Anu Malik

Music composer Anu Malik, accused in multiple #MeToo accounts, is no longer a part of singing reality show Indian Idol 10, read a statement from Sony Entertainment Television (on which the show airs), reports news agency ANI. Anu Malik has been one of the judges on Indian Idol since the show first aired in 2004. He co-judged Indian Idol 10 with Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar. “Anu Malik is no longer a part ofIndian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we’ll invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge extraordinary talent of Indian Idol Season 10, read the full statement.

Singer Sona Mohapatra and later, Shweta Pandit accused the 57-year-old music composer of sexual harassment. Two aspiring singers also levelled similar allegations against him recently.

Last week, Shweta Pandit, in a Twitter post, recounted her #MeToo story in an incident which dates back to 2000. She alleged that once in a cabin at a studio, Anu Malik told her he would give her a song with Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan “but first give me a kiss now”. She also called him a “pedophile” and “sexual predator.”