Model files rape case, assault on photographer, 8 others
A 28-year-old Andheri-based model, who recently sparked controversy after making allegations on MeToo, has filed a rape and assault complaint with Bandra Police against photographer Colston Julian and eight others, including son from a well-known producer, a Bollywood talent manager and a film producer.
Mumbai Police spokeswoman Deputy Police Commissioner Chaitanya Siriprolu confirmed the development and said further investigation is underway.
The model had, on April 12, written a post on a social media platform, recounting how she was physically and emotionally abused while on a work assignment. She also wrote to a senior police officer seeking to file a complaint against the photographer, alleging sexual harassment and physical assault.
Bandra police recorded a first information report (FIR) on the case on May 26.
Julian did not respond to calls and messages from HT.
According to law enforcement sources, the model in her complaint said Julian took advantage of her and allegedly raped her in Bandra between 2014 and 2018 under a false pretext.
The photographer had previously quashed the charges as “false and malicious”. In a post on a social media platform, he had written: “Dear all, I noticed that a social media article and a news article with entirely false and malicious accusations made certain statements against me. My lawyers are going through the formal process and responding legally to the situation. ”
Besides Julian, the model has accused eight others of raping her on different occasions.
Police registered an FIR against the nine defendants under sections 376N (multiple rape of the same woman), 354 (molestation) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. The police investigate the case further, verify the veracity of the allegations and collect evidence.