MUMBAI – Over a month after he was detained by Mumbai Police for slapping and molesting actor Gauhar Khan on the sets of the TV show, accused Mohammad Akil Malik has allegedly told a TV channel that the incident was staged and the actor had paid him for the publicity stunt.
According to a reports, the accused has been interviewed by a vernacular news channel where he has said that the entire incident was planned like a film script and Khan had promised to find him a role in Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3, if he agreed to slap her in front of the audience and help her garner some limelight.
Mainstream media and social media both pounced on the story, many nearly endorsing the accused’s version of the event. Reporting the incident, “Gauhar Khan, who spoke how important it was to stand for one’s opinions after the ‘slap incident’, has allegedly paid the man to slap her at India’s Raw Star finale.
In an interesting turn of events, the accused claims it was a publicity stunt and he was paid for same.”
Akil, who was in jail for nearly a month, is out on temporary bail for seven days.
Several tweets doing the rounds dismissed Khan’s outrage and seemed to believe the accused’s version of the story instead.
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