Karan Johar still continues to be in the eye of the storm. First, it was the incessant trolling that he was subjected to after actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, followed by the resurfaced claims of nepotism. There has also been an entire media circus surrounding him and a number of other Bollywood actors and insiders; from claims of drug use to 'leaked' chats and much more. The vicious mishandling of information on television often begins with anchors getting ahead of even the investigating agencies.
Last night, the director and producer started trending on Twitter yet again, this time the reason being a statement he had to issue debunking one such rumour.
Breaking his silence on social media, Karan Johar issued a statement against news of the alleged use of drugs at one of his house parties last year. In July 2019, the director had put up a video on his Instagram, a number of A-list stars seen in it. Within hours, it sent waves across social media as an assumption about the consumption of drugs came up. More fuel was added to the fire when Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa tweeted that everyone present ought to take a drug test to clear their name and even back then, Karan Johar had opened up, refuting all such claims.
Last night, he issued yet another one as news about the same house party started doing the rounds. In his statement, the director said that he had already clarified back in 2019 that the allegations were false. "All these slanderous and malicious statements, news articles and news clippings have unnecessarily subjected me, my family and my colleagues, and Dharma Productions, to hatred contempt and ridicule," he said.
His name was also linked to two alleged aides who worked at Dharma Productions and have been under the scanner. In his statement, the director and producer clarified that while those named had been briefly associated with Dharma and a sister concern for independent projects, he didn't know them personally and couldn't take responsibility for their individual actions.
"In the past few days, the media has resorted to distasteful, distorted and false allegations. I hope the members of the media would exercise restraint else I will be left with no option but to legally protect my rights against this baseless attack on me," read part of his statement. Read the entire statement below.
All of this unravels during the same time when other names from Bollywood such as Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Rakul Preet and Sara Ali Khan have been summoned by the NCB with respect to 'news' of drug consumption that allegedly came up during the interrogation of Sushant Singh Rajput's death. His partner Rhea Chakraborty had been arrested on the same grounds.
It's high time that numerous social media trials every day in addition to irresponsible reporting and hearsay came to an end.
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