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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Shocked Preity Zinta says cheap publicity due to FIR 'humiliating'

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 02, 2014
First Published: 11:03 IST(2/7/2014) | Last Updated: 16:15 IST(2/7/2014)

In a long and heartfelt post on Facebook, Preity Zinta aimed to put all speculation to rest regarding her motives for filing a molestation complaint against former boyfriend and businessman Ness Wadia.

The post, titled 'For the record', the actor said she had been on "a moral and emotional rollercoaster" ever since filing the complaint.

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In her June 12 complaint, Preity had accused Ness of abusing and threatening her during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 30. Wadia has denied the allegations and Mumbai Police is investigating the matter.


 
The actor said in the post, "What surprises me most are some of the reactions that i have seen or heard from people, friends and the media regarding this situation. Sadly in India the fairer sex has to have a larger limit, more tolerance and worry about what people will say irrespective of the facts and the truth."

While she thanked people who have supported her, she said, "I am genuinely surprised and shocked at some reactions from people in general. My F.I.R IS VERY CLEAR yet its INTERPRETATIONS ARE MIND BOGGLING and there is so much speculation as to Why did i do what i did ?"

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She also questioned how people are calling the Wankhede incident as "personal matter". "This relationship was ended by me in 2009 and i don't ever recall having gone to the police on any personal matter irrespective of what happened then. But now its been 6 years since the break up so THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL MATTER."

She also said the complaint had nothing to do with money. "IPL was my project from the start and for the record not only did i pay for myself (5 crores)when i got into the IPL (bid) I paid for Ness too ! 5 crores ! (Proof of my financial commitment in the IPL is with the Bcci.) To be fair to him he did pay me back a couple of months later ( without any premium) so Hope the money theory is put to end once and for all."

Preity also said she is not interested in "cheap publicity" as is being speculated. "No one wants to be involved in something like this this for cheap publicity as this is more humiliating then something to be proud of, specially if you are a very private and self respecting person. I have been in this film industry since 1998 and have been part of the biggest blockbusters in the past."

She also said she never disrespected Ness' mother Maureen Wadia, as alleged. "50 seats and a V.I.P air-conditioned box (35 seater) was there , yet me and my friends sitting on 6 seats becomes an issue ? All through the IPL I have given ALMOST ALL my seats to the players families so taking over seats at all games is a completely wrong accusation and disrespecting anyone's mother is OUT OF THE QUESTION as i might forget my name but never my manners."

Explaining her reasons for filing the FIR, she writes, "Why did I file a F.I.R with the police ? Because after several warnings over the years I WAS LEFT WITH NO OTHER OPTION….. The whole point of this is that violent physical or aggressive behaviour should not be tolerated by rich or poor, man or woman, celebrity or not !"

She goes on to say, "This is not a frivolous or immature complaint to the police. I have never lied in the past and do not lie when it suits me or is convenient. I am a responsible citizen of this country and my only fault is that I am a woman, who reached a breaking point after constantly being abused, threatened & humiliated at work by someone who once was very dear to me."

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