At the height of the #MeToo movement in India previous year, Mohapatra had accused Malik of sexual misconduct, which had led him to being briefly dropped from judging the show. Singers such as Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit had also joined Mohapatra in alleging sexual harassment against Malik.
Malik and the Sony TV, the channel on which the reality show is aired, have been facing a lot of criticism for the past few weeks over sexual harassment allegations against the composer.
On 15 November, Malik took to social media and shared a detailed note, claiming that he is innocent. "I was fighting for fairness and justice". I want to take a three-week break from the show and get back to it only after I have cleared my name. "I have requested them to forward my letter to the Singers Association of India (SAI), asking them to come and explain themselves", he said. "I have taken this decision voluntarily. We are not going to sit here and let people to take us for granted", she said.
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Smollett played singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon on " Empire " but was dropped from the show after the alleged attack. Smollett to be the subject of mass public ridicule and harm to him personally", Smollett's attorneys wrote.
On 21 November, she addressed an open letter to the Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani, where she pointed out that shielding sexual predators sent out "a very unsafe message to the country & the perverts that lurk within our society (sic)".
"My open letter to the honourable minister for ladies & child vogue". "If they had any doubts about me, they wouldn't have approached me at all. Why do these allegations resurface only when I am back on television, which is now my only source of livelihood?" he added. "Many more women are writing in to me privately about this man". He has previously bowed out of the show following the allegations but was reinstated as a judge for season 11 of the reality show in May.
Anu Malik has stepped down as judge from the season 11, sources have said. The channel has been asked what action it has taken in this regard? If my letter or her name has created any affect then I would like to thank her. After this, the National Commission for Women has sent a notice to Sony TV on Thursday and sought information about it.