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‘We should keep check that no one misuses the #MeToo movement’: Arbaaz

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan has come up in support of the #Metoo movement, saying no one has the right to harass anyone, but insists that we should take care of the fact that no one misuses the movement. The actor, however, said innocent people should not be framed. "No one has the right to harass anyone. I fully support the #MeToo movement. Sexual harassment survivors should get justice but we also have to take care of the fact that no one misuses this movement. The kind of atmosphere right now is that people are…

Long road ahead for #MeToo in Nepal

KATHMANDU: The rape and murder of a teenager provoked unprecedented protests in conservative Nepal, but activists say a #MeToo reckoning like that unfolding in neighbouring India remains a distant prospect. Thousands poured onto the streets after 13-year-old Nirmala Pant's body was discovered in July angered by allegations the police were protecting the perpetrators. Two hashtags -- #RageAgainstRape and #JusticeForNirmala -- have become the rallying cries for protesters fed up with Nepal's woeful record of prosecuting…

‘I was harassed 25 years ago, and I am still angry about it,’ reveals Saif Ali Khan

MUMBAI: Breaking gender-specific boundaries of the ongoing #MeToo campaign, Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan said he could understand the agony of victims who went through different harassments, saying ‘I am one of them’. The actor said he faced harassment years ago, even though it was not sexual in nature. “I have also been harassed in my career, not sexually, but I have been harassed 25 years ago and I am still angry about it,” Saif told the Press Trust of India. In 1991, Saif tied the knot with Amrita, 12 years his…

Bollywood’s Asrani thinks ‘#MeToo accusations are mostly for publicity’

NEW DELHI: Veteran Bollywood actor-comedian Govardhan Thakurdas Jethanand Asrani, popularly known as Asrani, has joined the #MeToo debate with his rather frosty observation. The actor who had a sprawling five-decade-long career in the Indian film industry has time and again proved his mettle in the comedy genre. Asrani who is known for films like Sholay, Dhamaal, Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se, Malamaal Weekly, Bhagam Bhag and many others recently expressed his thoughts on the ongoing MeToo movement. In his recent…

‘Your truth will come out soon’ – top Indian celebrity attacks Amitabh in #MeToo movement

NEW DELHI: The #MeToo movement isn’t going to die down any time soon After Bollywood actors like Alok Nath, Nana Patekar, Hrithik Roshan have been allegedly accused of sexual harassment, new names are coming up with every passing day. And this it’s the mega star: Amitabh Bachchan. In a latest buzz, Bachchan has also been accused of sexual misconduct. Although none of the women has come out as a survivor, the internet is crammed with comments saying that stories involving the megastar have been heard by people. Now,…

2018 Nobel Literature Prize postponed for first time in 70 years: Here’s why

STOCKHOLM: The Swedish Academy said Friday it would postpone this year's Nobel Literature Prize for the first time in almost 70 years, as it is rocked by turmoil over links to a man accused of rape and sexual assault. "The Swedish Academy intends to decide on and announce the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 in parallel with the naming of the 2019 laureate," it said. The institution, founded in 1786, has on seven previous occasions chosen to reserve the prize: in 1915, 1919, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1936 and 1949. "On…

#MeToo throws new spotlight on International Women’s Day

PARIS: As the world marks International Women's Day this week, it remains to be seen whether campaigns such as #MeToo and #Timesup can really advance the fight for women's rights and gender equality worldwide or whether their effects will be more transitory. The #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns that went global last October when allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein coincided with a number of other major advances in women's rights worldwide. In September, for example, Saudi Arabia, the…

Weinstein Company inches toward bankruptcy after #MeToo storm

NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's former studio appeared to inch closer toward bankruptcy Monday over complaints that talks to buy the troubled production house had collapsed, leaving it with "no choice" but to go to the wall. The Weinstein Company said that it had failed to reach a deal with an investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who served in Barack Obama's administration, for a reported $500 million despite battling to make it palatable to prosecutors. Contreras-Sweet, a Mexican…

#MeToo activist Rose McGowan’s ex-manager suicides

WASHINGTON: A veteran Hollywood executive who was Rose McGowan's manager when the actress was allegedly raped by Harvey Weinstein has committed suicide, media reports citing her family said Thursday. Relatives of Jill Messick, who was 50, said in a statement circulated to US media that she had battled depression for years, but had recently felt "victimized" by inaccurate reports of her role in the affair. Messick, who worked for Addis-Wechsler -- now Industry Entertainment -- managed McGowan when the actress claimed…

Actress Kruger says Hollywood changing because ‘men are scared’

PARIS: Hollywood actress Diane Kruger said Monday that the #MeToo movement had scared powerful men but she was afraid that change may be short-lived. The German-born star, who won best actress in May at the Cannes film festival for "In the Fade" -- which is hotly tipped for a best foreign movie Oscar nomination -- told French television that she has never been paid as much as her male co-stars. Yet she insisted that lasting change was only possible with men's help. Kruger said the progress made on harassment since…