Pakistani music star Meesha Shafi on Thursday (earlier today) accused colleague Ali Zafar of sexual harassment.
Meesha took to Twitter to reveal that she has been, “on more than one occasion, subjected to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of Ali Zafar.”
Here’s her full statement:
Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo pic.twitter.com/iwex7e1NLZ
— Meesha Shafi (@itsmeeshashafi) April 19, 2018
Several hours after Meesha Shafi’s tweet, Ali Zafar has just now responded to the allegations made. This is what he has Tweeted:
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) April 19, 2018
“I am deeply aware and in support of the global #MeToo movement and what it stands for. I am the father of a young girl and a young boy, a husband to a wife and a son to a mother. I am a man that has stood up for myself, my family, my colleagues and friends countless times in the face of slander, defamation and general unkindness. I will do the same today. I have nothing to hide. Silence is absolutely not an option.
I categorically deny any and all claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi. I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any allegations here, contesting personal vendettas on social media and in turn disrespecting the movement, my family, the industry and my fans. Ultimately I am a strong believer that the truth, always prevails.”