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Actor Jeetendra Accused Of Sexual Harassment By His Cousin

Actor Jeetendra was on 7 February was accused by his cousin of sexually assaulting her 47 years ago, a charge that the ’60s star rubbished as “baseless and ridiculous”.

Jeetendra, whose real name is Ravi Kapoor, is the complainant’s maternal cousin. A complaint has been filed with the Himachal Pradesh’s Director General of Police.

As per the complaint, the alleged incident took place in January 1971, when the victim was 18 and Jeetendra was 28 and the actor “arranged” for the survivor to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the set of his movie without her “awareness”.

She said he had “arranged” for the victim to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the sets of a film he was shooting for. She alleged in the complaint that after reaching Shimla at night, an inebriated Jeetendra went to her room, joined two twin beds and sexually assaulted her.

The actor denied that any such incident had taken place. Police sources in Shimla said an FIR had not been registered as the complaint had been emailed to the DGP. For the registration of an FIR, the signature of the complainant was necessary, police sources said.

In a statement issued in Mumbai, Jeetendra’s advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said the allegation was “baseless and ridiculous”.

“Foremost, my client specifically and categorically denies any such incident. Besides even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any Court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years,” it said

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