Ali-Meesha spat took a new turn as actor Ali Zafar today filed defamation suit worth Rs 1 billion against singer Meesha Shafi over hurling harassment allegations. terming all allegations ‘baseless.’
He went on to state:
“That the tweet dated 19.04.2018 and the Instep Article dated 21.04.2018 are false, slanderous, and defamatory statements, stand published and originate from the defendant, therefore, have caused tremendous injury to the Plaintiff’s reputation, good will, livelihood; being attempts to tarnish the good image of the plaintiff. As the defamatory statements are patently false, it can only be concluded that this malicious campaign has been launched against the plaintiff as part of a motivated conspiracy to tarnish the plaintiff’s good image through making false accusations. 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’.”
“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 following damages:
Mental torture: 2 crores
Loss of contracts: 8 crores
Loss of reputation/ goodwill: 50 crores
Loss of business opportunities: 40 crores
Meesha had previously received a legal notice by Zafar’s advisory as well, that ordered her to delete the tweet that led to the debacle. It also claimed that failure to comply would result in a fine worth Rs1 billion.
“An apology using the same social media platform of Twitter proclaiming our client’s innocence,” read the notice.
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