The filmmaker filed a complaint with the Oshiwara police on Thursday, Feb 16.
Pandey in the complaint said that the actress has been threatening him with SMSes, one of which said, "U guys have to pay now, otherwise I will see u."
"Knowing her past, I fear that she might try to harm me and hence I preferred to file a non-cognisable (NC) offence on Tuesday night against her. This is not a publicity stunt on my part as some have suggested. If that were the case, I would have tried it before the film's release in Nepal," said Pandey.
According to Pandey, he paid Monica Rs 5 lakh as her fees, Rs 3 lakh for her costumes and another Rs 1.75 lakh for the staff, who accompanied the actress to Nepal, as per the contract. Another clause in the contract said that the actress would be paid another Rs 5 lakh in case the movie was released in India.
"Even before the film's release here, Monica started making absurd demands for the remaining Rs 5 lakh. I tried to make her understand that she is eligible for the amount only after the film hits screens in India, but was being difficult. She has been constantly harassing me with threatening SMSes. At times she talks about 'dealing with us' legally, while at other points she has tried to scare us by sending messages in typical 'bhaigiri' style that she will 'see' me," Pandey said.
"Even if she is supposed to be paid that amount, it is the producer who should be answerable for that and not me. I have been harassed with her SMSes for the last one month. Left with no option, I had to finally approach Oshiwara police station on Thursday and register an NC against her," he said.Here are some of the messages sent by Monica Bedi, as reported by the MiD DAY.
-"U guys have to pay now... otherwise I will c u."
-"I wl snd cntrct and notice."
-"Please ask Sanjayji (producer) to talk to me. Avoiding me wl only harm him legally."
-"Please take advise frm a good lawyer he wl tell how serious I d offense of issuing a non payment cheque. Its straight fraud case."
"I'm not aware of any such complaint. I haven't sent any threatening SMSes to anyone. These are all rumours," said Monica Bedi.