Marathi Actor Umesh Kamat has decided to take legal action against the media platforms and news channels for falsely associating him with the businessman and Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra’s Pornographic Film case. In his official statement, Kamat said he has been dragged into it only because he has the same name as the prime accused in the case.
Mumbai Police has Arrested the accused Umesh Kamat who worked with UK- based Kenrin Pvt Ltd, a production company that owns Hotshot app where some of the pornographich videos were uploaded. Later it was alleged in the investigation that the Hotshots app was run by Kundra through his Mumbai-based Company Viaan Industries.
The Marathi Actor slammed the media for falsely using his photos while referring to his namesake in the official statement.
“I, Umesh Kamat an actor by profession, have been unnecessarily dragged in the controversy concerning businessman Mr Raj Kundra, due to the lack of due diligence by news channels/media platforms. Mr Raj Kundra and his associate Mr Umesh Kamat who coincidentally shares my name have been accused of allegedly producing and creating pornographic content. While this news is being reported by various news channels/media platforms my name and image are being tainted by leading media platforms/portals as my pictures/photographs which are available in the public domain are being misused by representing me as the accused involved in the Raj Kundra case. These acts on part of the news channels/media platforms are entirely irresponsible and without of any form of basic verification of facts,” the statement read.
The Actor also added how “this irresponsible action” of the broadcasting his photos in the porn-case had caused him “tremendous humiliation, unwanted speculation and agony to me and my family. These actions have resulted in severe damage to my reputation and amount to defamation.”
In his statement he further said, “In the light of the above and to prevent further damage to my reputation, I wish to clarify that, the Umesh Kamat, presumably an associate of Mr. Raj Kundra in the production/creation of pornographic content, is not me. We only have a common name. I, Umesh Kamat, have been in the industry for two decades, with an impeccable reputation gathered over all these years and have no connection with the case of Mr. Raj Kundra whatsoever.”
“Since the concerned news channels/media platforms have failed to follow the basic protocol of running a fact check on the information that is being broadcasted and used in their news pieces, I have decided to pursue appropriate legal action against all the responsible entities.”
The actor further requested the media to verify the facts before broadcasting or publishing his images while reporting the case. He concluded the statement with, “The linkup to this controversy has made me pay a heavy price, just because of the co-incidence of a shared name with Raj Kundra’s associate and because of irresponsible journalism. I hope that no other actor, celebrity or common man ever has to go through this ordeal again.”