After an incessant outcry against music composer Anu Malik on social media over #MeToo allegations, he announced on Thursday that he has stepped down as the judge of the music reality show, Indian Idol 11, reports Hindustan Times.In 2018, singer Sona Mohapatra and other women had named Anu Malik, accusing him of sexual misconduct. Post that, he was forced to quit Indian Idol 10.
As he was reinstated this year as one of the show’s judges, singers Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit joined Sona in accusing him of alleged sexual harassment.
A few days ago, Anu wrote a post on Instagram claiming “false and unverified allegations” were leveled against him and that he was “in pain” and “in a dark space.”
Talking about stepping down, music director Anu Malik says, “I have not quit the show. I have taken a three-week break. I want to clear my name and return to the show. This Twitter campaign has been going on since a while and I was tired of these false, malicious accusations on social media.”
Malik reveals that Sony TV never asked him “to step down or quit”. “Sony has been so supportive. Last season, I quit (after the accusations) and this year, they got me back.