"The #MeToo claims bothered me a lot."
Aaliyah Kashyap has spoken about the sexual harassment claims that were made against her father Anurag in 2020.
She stated that her father was misrepresented, admitting that it bothered her.
Aaliyah explained that those who know her father know that he is a “teddy bear”.
She revealed that the filmmaker has been trying to shield her from such controversies, as it aggravates her anxiety.
In an interview with Zoom’s Invite Only season 2, Aaliyah said:
“The #MeToo claims bothered me a lot.
“The hate doesn’t get to me, it is the misrepresentation of his character that bothers me.
“People think he is a terrible man, but ask anyone close to me and they will say that he’s the biggest softy teddy bear you’ll ever meet.”
She went on to reveal that it worsened her anxiety.
“This is what gives me anxiety, and not really the hate.
“I know that whatever hate I get for him is just from people who don’t have anything better to do with their lives.
“My dad also has been trying to make more of an effort to keep his things away from me because he doesn’t want it to make my anxiety worse.”
In 2020, actress Payal Ghosh claimed that the filmmaker “forced himself” on her.
She made the allegations on Twitter, however, a video showed her giving a detailed account of what allegedly happened.
Payal had explained:
“I went to meet him and the next day when he took me to the other room, he opened his zip and tried to force his c**k inside my vagina by opening my Salwar Kameez.
“Then he said ‘it was okay, all the actresses who worked with me like Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadha, Mahi Gil, they are just a call away’.
“And whenever I call them, they come running and suck my c**k.
“That’s what he told me and expected me to do the same.”
Payal allegedly told Anurag that she was uncomfortable with the whole situation.
She went on to say that Anurag said physical relationships between actresses and directors are normal and “not a big deal”.
Payal Ghosh explained that prior to the alleged incident, Kashyap called her, claiming he wanted to talk to her about something.
“The next day he called me again. He said he wanted to discuss something with me. I went to his place, he was drinking whiskey or scotch, whatever I don’t know.
“It was smelling very bad. It could easily have been charas or ganja, drugs I don’t know, I don’t have any idea about it but I am not stupid.”
They then went into the other room where the incident allegedly happened.
Her allegations were acknowledged by the National Commission of Women.
However, Anurag denied the allegations, calling them “baseless”.
Aaliyah Kashyap regularly speaks about various aspects of her life, including her mental health.
Previously, she revealed that her parents flew to the United States after she suffered an “episode” in December 2020.