Whatever has been stated is all rubbish,” says supermodel Ujjwala Raut’s sister Sonali Raut, in response to her brother-in-law Maxwell Sterry’s verbal attack against her older sibling. Talking to UK’s Daily Mail, Sterry called Ujjwala “sweet and demure”, but added that the fashion industry had turned her into a “monster”.
“Ujjwala is a mature woman. How can you hold a profession responsible for love, divorce or anything else? If you ask me, I don’t think any line of work can be accountable for affecting someone’s personal life. His comments don’t make any sense to me. My sister is doing very well in New York. And I don’t know where such weird statements come from,” asserts model Sonali, who featured in the coveted Kingfisher calendar in 2010.
Model-entrepreneur Maxwell met Ujjwala in Paris in 2001. The couple moved to New York in 2002, where musical icon David Bowie hosted their wedding. Three years later, they began to grow apart and eventually moved to Goa, where they had a nasty showdown. Ujjwala claimed Sterry attacked her with a knife, while he accused her of not being a caring mother to their daughter, Ksha. Following Ujjwala’s complaints to the authorities in India, Sterry was deported from the country within 72 hours.
Sonali, however, isn’t privy to all this. “I don’t know if I should comment because I was too young when she became a big name, fell in love and decided to get married. So, I have no idea how and what exactly happened,” she says.
According to the Daily Mail, Ujjwala has currently filed for a divorce in New York. In her petition for annulment, she claimed he was living off her earnings. But Sterry denied all allegations.