Earlier, the actress had accused actor Rana Daggubati’s brother Abhiram of sexual exploitation.
Telugu actress Sri Reddy accuses writer-producer Kona Venkat of rape
Mumbai - 12 Apr 2018 14:34 IST
Updated : 14:34 IST
Actresses have raised the issue of casting couch in the past, mostly without naming anyone. Unheralded Telugu actress Sri Reddy created storm in Hyderabad last week by stripping in public to protest against casting couch. She also accused actor Rana Daggubati’s brother Abhiram of sexual harassment. Now, Reddy has accused Telugu writer-producer Kona Venkat of rape.
Reddy has been putting up tweets from two unverified Twitter handles — @srireddyleaks and @MsSriReddy. Both accounts claim to be official handles of the actress.
Yesterday (11 April) evening, a text in Telugu was posted on @MsSriReddy. When translated in English, it roughly reads, “Author Kona Venkat raped me. Now he is trying to cover it up by calling it publicity. What all a girl has to go through for the truth to prevail.”
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Later, a picture of Reddy's alleged WhatsApp chat with Kova Venkat went viral.
Taken aback by Reddy’s allegations, the writer-producer took to Twitter to refute the allegation and demanded that the police conduct a thorough investigation in the matter.
I’m shocked with some allegations made by one actress against some film personalities including me.. I demand the government to conduct through police investigation in these allegations and punish whoever are guilty.. Truth must prevail ðÂÂÂ legal action follows!!— kona venkat (@konavenkat99) April 11, 2018
Venkat then accused Reddy of trying to gain cheap publicity through the allegations.
It’s really pity that film industry and film personalities have become soft target to many people who are trying to gain cheap publicity... I definitely support taking Telugu artists in our films.. In Geethanjali u find only Telugu artists. But this is unacceptable. I condemn it.— kona venkat (@konavenkat99) April 11, 2018