Actress claims tycoon told her he “could make me disappear as I was a nobody and only an actress”
Preity Zinta’s complaint to police about Ness Wadia says he threatened her “with dire consequences”.
The actress filed a complaint on Thursday relating to an incident at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on May 30, as the team she co-owns with Wadia, Kings XI Punjab, played Chennai Super Kings.
The actress, 39, said Wadia abused her on the ground and “used foul language by saying, ‘You f****ng b***h, you have shown your class, ***k you,” and, as it happened in front of so many people, “it has really disturbed me and caused immense damage to my reputation and character”.
“Mr Ness Wadia’s aforesaid behaviour on numerous occasions has embarrassed me and made me feel ashamed, especially in public,” she said.
Zinta went on to say: “He has gone to the extent of threatening me with dire consequences and intimidated me by boasting of his political clout and connection.
“During the match on 30th May at Wankhede Stadium, in the evening, Mr Wadia intimidated me by saying that he could make me disappear as I was a nobody and only an actress and he is a powerful person,” she said, adding the incident had left her “shattered”.
Wadia, 44, has rejected the charges as “false and baseless”.
The actress, who is reportedly now in Los Angeles, also said she had lodged a verbal complaint with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials.
Mumbai police will record statements of IPL CEO Sundar Raman and Wankhede Stadium staff in connection with incident.
Sources at Marine Drive police station said Raman, several players of the IPL team, their support staff and officials of Wankhede Stadium were claimed to have been present when the alleged incident took place and their statements will be recorded.
“We will be recording the statement of IPL CEO as Zinta has said that after she refused to sit with Wadia, he had screamed at her and the IPL CEO had intervened,” an officer involved in the investigation said.
Zinta and Wadia broke off their five-year relationship in 2009 but had shared ownership of the team.
Zinta, in her complaint, has referred to another incident during the IPL team auctions in Bengaluru where Raman was present and had intervened. His statement would be recorded in that context, sources said.
Based on Zinta’s written complaint, Marine Drive police have registered an FIR against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).
Narrating what transpired on May 30, Zinta said Wadia began shouting and yelling at the team’s support staff and when she tried to calm him down, as her team was playing well, “for no reason he started abusing and screaming at me, grabbed my arm and tried to pull me by hand”.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source close to Wadia said the industrialist had booked 14 seats in Garware Pavilion and got angry when he saw his mother Maureen Wadia standing as all seats had been occupied by Zinta and her guests.
Wadia then got engaged in an argument with the actress over lack of courtesy being shown to his elderly mother “which has now been twisted and turned into a molestation case”.
Zinta’s complaint, however, has no mention of this.
Unfortunate end to Preity-Ness romance: Mahesh Bhatt
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt Saturday called the souring of Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia’s “love story” into a “hate story”, “unfortunate” after the actress accused her former beau and industrialist of molestation.“A Fairy tale love story turns into A HATE STORY! What an unfortunate end to the Priety Zinta Ness Wadia romance,” tweeted Bhatt, who co-wrote the Preity-starrer, 1999 film “Sangharsh”.