"The allegations are cynical"
Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh has responded to the recent domestic violence allegations against him.
Singh’s wife Shalini Talwar filed a case against him, claiming she faced “numerous incidents of physical abuse, verbal, mental abuse and emotional abuse.”
Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court issued a notice to Yo Yo Honey Singh, asking him to provide a response to the allegations by August 28, 2021.
The rapper has broken his silence with a public statement on the matter.
Singh released his statement on Instagram on Friday, August 6, 2021.
Singh’s statement says that he is “deeply pained and distressed” by the claims Shalini Talwar has made against him.
Singh also brands his wife’s domestic violence allegations as “false and malicious.”
The full statement of Yo-Yo Honey Singh reads:
“I am deeply pained and distressed by the false and malicious allegations levied against me and my family by my companion/wife of 20 years, Mrs. Shalini Talwar.
“The allegations are severely odious.
“I have never issued a public statement or press note in the past despite being subjected to harsh criticism for my lyrics, speculation on my health, and negative media coverage in general.
“However, I see no merit in maintaining a studied silence this time because some of the allegations have been directed at my family – my old parents and younger sister – who have stood by me during some very difficult and trying times and comprise my world.”
His statement continues:
“The allegations are cynical and defaming in nature.
“I have been associated with the industry for over 15 years and worked with artists and musicians across the country.
“Everyone is aware of my relationship with my wife, who has been an integral part of my crew for more than a decade now and always accompanied me to my shoots, events, and meetings.
“I strongly refute all the allegations but will not comment any further because the matter is sub-judice before the Court of Law.
“I have full faith in the judicial system of this country, and I am confident that the truth will be out soon.”
“The allegations are subject to be proven and the Hon’ble Court has provided me with an opportunity to reply to such allegations.
“In the meantime, I humbly request my fans and public at large to not draw any conclusion about me and my family until the Hon’ble Court pronounces a verdict after hearing both the sides.
“I am confident that justice will be served, and honesty will win.
“As always, I’m grateful for all the love and support of my fans and well-wishers, who inspire me to work hard and make good music.
“Thank you! Yo Yo Honey Singh”
Yo Yo Honey Singh and Shalini Talwar tied the knot in January 2011.
Talwar claims that the couple’s differences began soon after their honeymoon, saying that she faced abuse from her husband, his parents, and his sister.
Also in her complaint, Talwar said that Yo Yo Honey Singh would have “casual sex with multiple women”, and not take her on tour.