Actor Gauahar Khan has vehemently rubbished recent claims made by Mohd Akil Malik, who slapped her on stage last month while Khan was hosting the finale episode of a reality show.
Malik, who was arrested for this act, has revealed during an interview to a TV channel on Saturday that it was entirely a publicity stunt and Khan had paid him to slap her in ­public.
On December 2, last year, Malik had slapped Khan on the stage allegedly because she was wearing "inappropriate ­clothing" and dancing to "racy numbers", despite being a Muslim. Now, however, Malik has gone back on his version and has even said that Khan had ­promised that ‘she wouldn’t press any charges on him’ after the slap drama.
Prodded about the ­allegations made by Malik, Khan replied to our text message, saying, "He is a liar!"
On Sunday afternoon, Khan issued a statement that read: "This is my one and only response to the most ridiculous claim made by an accused who attacked me, went to jail for it and came out only to prove even more what a threat he is to normal living in India for girls, and also the weak stature even the media gives to a girl who especially belongs to the film or TV world. What this man is claiming is a clear attempt to get away from the heinous crime he committed. It’s absolutely bogus and a very poorly staged and filmy story obviously recommended by people who believe that our law will let him get away with such baseless stories. I have never in my life met this man before I saw him charging at me... I don’t want to Give him the 2 secs of fame he ­desperately wants by ­clarifying any of his rubbish claims. I trust the law fully and know that, that’s where I’ll get justice for the trauma I have had to go through because of his desperate need to wanting to be famous at the cost of my pain... (sic)."