MUMBAI – Indian film actor Preity Zinta, who has accused industrialist Ness Wadia of molestation, has said that her former boyfriend had thrown burning cigarettes at her and locked her up in a room even before the May 30 incident at Wankhede Stadium after which she filed a police complaint.
“Ness’s behaviour towards me got more and more aggressive and violent over a period of time. From throwing burning cigarettes at my face to locking me up in rooms and manhandling me, I have seen it all with him,” she said in a letter to Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria. However, a source close to Wadia has dismissed the charge as false.
Preity had submitted a letter to the police commissioner on June 30 when she met him to seek permission to go abroad. “I just want him to be kept away from me so I can live in peace. Otherwise one unfortunate day, in a fit of rage, he will kill me and that really scares me,” she said in the letter, according to a police officer privy to the probe.
“I had no intention to harm him in anyway by lodging a police complaint, but I had no option left but to come to the police department for my safety. I am genuinely paranoid that he will try to harm me directly or indirectly in future,” she added. In her complaint to the police on June 12, Zinta had accused Wadia of molesting, abusing and threatening her during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings on May 30 at Wankhede Stadium.
“This is a planned attempt to malign the reputation of Ness Wadia. All the allegations are fictitious and unwarranted,” Wadia quoted by the Indian press.