Harassment episode: Ali Zafar files Rs1bn defamation suit against Meesha Shafi

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LAHORE (ENN) Singer Ali Zafar submitted here on Saturday a defamation suit to a district court against Meesha Shafi, who had accused him of sexual harassment two months ago on Twitter joining international campaign #Meetoo.

The suit, claiming damages of Rs1 billion, has been filed under the Defamation Ordinance 2002. In the notice, the singer said Shafi damaged his reputation through false allegations.

“The defendant has associated herself with the global #MeToo movement, with one of the launchers of the #MeToo movement ‘Rose McGowan’ labeling the defendant as ‘a heroine for our times’.”

In the breakdown of the Rs1 billion damages, the notice read: “Be that as it may, that due to the defamatory campaign being spearheaded by the defendant, the plaintiff besides special damages in case of defamation further suffered the damages including mental torture 2 crores, loss of contacts 8 crores, loss of reputation/ goodwill 50 crores and loss of business opportunities 40 crores.”

Earlier, Meesha Shafi confirmed she had received a legal notice sent by Zafar’s counsel, asking the singer-cum-actor to delete her tweet alleging harassment and issue an apology on Twitter, failing which he would file an Rs1-billion defamation case against her.

The letter, demanded Shafi delete her tweet, wherein she alleged that Zafar sexually harassed her on more than one occasion. The notice also sought “an apology using the same social media platform of Twitter proclaiming our client’s innocence”.

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