Actor Mansoor Ali Khan issued an apology to his ‘Leo’ co-star Trisha Krishnan after facing backlash for alleged misogynistic remarks. The All Women Police Station in Thousand Lights, Chennai, summoned Khan for not appearing at the police station, following which he apologized to Trisha in a statement. The Chennai City Police booked the actor under Sections 354 A (sexual harassment) and 509 (outraging the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code, based on an order by DGP Shankar Jiwal.
The controversy arose from a video of Khan’s interview circulating on social media, where he allegedly expressed his desire for a rape scene in ‘Leo’ with Trisha, similar to his previous films.
The National Commission for Women took suo motu cognizance of the matter and directed the Tamil Nadu police to register a case against Khan. In response to the summons, Khan cited a throat infection and requested more time.
Trisha, in a statement on a microblogging site, condemned Khan’s remarks as sexist, disrespectful, and repulsive. She vowed not to share screen space with someone exhibiting such behaviour. BJP leader Khushbu Sundar also criticized Khan, stating that such comments bring a bad name to society, and she stands with Trisha and others affected.