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Campion denies sexual harassment in India

world Updated: Feb 24, 2010 21:12 IST

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Jane Campion says she was not sexually harassed in India during her visit to the country, denying a media report in this regard.

Campion made the denial while reacting to a report in the Indian media she and Pakistani director Ayesha Arif Khan had complained about being sexually harassed by Bhaskar Deb, whose wife organised the India International Women Film Festival, held in New Delhi in December.

However, Campion has issued a statement that the report was wrong, The Guardian online reported.

"I was not sexually harassed by the festival director's husband and did not make that allegation.

However at least two other delegates I spoke to and a third I heard about, did have bad experiences with the festival director's husband and I hear they went on to make allegations of sexual harassment," Campion said in the statement.

"My own experience of the organisers of the film festival was that they made promises to me which they failed to keep: failure to meet me or any of the other delegates that I spoke to on arrival at the airport, failure to pay for my airline tickets, cancelling the premiere of my film Bright Star at the last moment," she added.