Did not withdraw complaint against MP under duress: Shweta

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Shweta defends complaint withdrawal
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 10: Malayalam actor Shweta Menon, who had accused Congress MP N Peethambara Kurup of molesting her but later chose not to press the case, today rejected reports she had withdrawn the complaint under pressure from the film industry.

Some people had tried to tarnish her image and attempted character assassination

The 39-year-old artiste, who has essayed many memorable roles in a career spanning two decades, said she had acted the basis of the "public apology" from the politician and the advice of her father. Shweta said she met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy yesterday and narrated the harassment she had suffered during the President's Trophy boat race at Kollam on November 1.

"Nobody either in the film field or outside had forced me withdraw the complaint (against Kurup). Organisations like AMMA and FEFKA had offered me complete support during the time of controversy," Shweta told reporters at the Press Club here.

Sticking to her justification for backing out from legal action, she said Kurup's "public apology" for hurting her sentiments was the only reason that forced her in the matter.

"Seeing the MP tendering apology through TV channels, my 82-year-old father suggested I give up legal proceedings. It was the only reason and everything else has been cooked up stories. But as I said earlier, I met the Chief Minister and explained to him in detail the harassments I had suffered," she said.

She also said some people had tried to tarnish her image and attempted character assassination during the time of the controversy. The actress, however, skipped questions on reports that police might record her statement again as required by law.

"I am not aware of all these things. I don't have anything to say on such matters," she said when journalists asked her about the proceedings on the FIR lodged in the court on the basis of the statement she had given earlier.

Shweta, who released the theme song for Journalists Premier League (JPL) cricket tournament being organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club, also inaugurated the Women's Forum of the club.

Shweta's husband Sreevalsan Menon, who was present, sponsored the man of the series prize for the best player of the tournament in the name of their one-year-old daughter Sabaina.

The tournament, to be held from November 28 to 30 here, will have teams from all district press clubs in Kerala.


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