Kollywood witnessed a bizarre press meet on Thursday when item girl Sona accused S P B Charan, son of veteran playback singer S P Balasubramaniam, of attempting to rape her and treating her derogatorily at the Mankatha success party on Wednesday night. She demanded a public apology from him within 10 days, failing which she would commit suicide and hold him responsible it. Earlier, Sona visited the Pondy Bazaar police station and lodged a formal complaint against Charan for attempted rape.
According to Sona, she attended the Mankatha success party thrown by Vaibhav and team at actor Vaibhav Reddy’s house on Bazullah Road, T Nagar, where Charan grabbed her and attempted to sexually assault her under the influence of alcohol. She also mentioned that Venkat Prabhu tried to pull away an inebriated Charan from assaulting her.
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Charan had, on an earlier occasion too, misbehaved with her at Devi Sridevi theatre during a special screening of Chennai 600028 and Saroja, she claimed. “The reason I want to bring this to light is so that he does not do it again, not only with me but also with any other woman in future.” Sona said she was yet to approach the South India Artistes’ Association(Nadigar Sangam).
Our further enquiries got different answers from the concerned persons. Charan denied any such incident although he did admit that he had a brief chat with the actress at the party. “Me, Venkat Prabhu and Sona were supposed to meet up over lunch today to finalise the deal regarding Venkat’s next project. I did try reaching her but she never picked my calls,” he said.
Director Venkat Prabhu said no such incident took place. “It was a normal conversation, a close get together with friends. I was upset with Charan yesterday, though for a different reason altogether, and left the bash early. As far as I know, it was a normal conversation.” Curiously, the director denied the party happened at Reddy’s house, claiming it was held at his assistant director’s house.
More curious was Reddy’s take. He said that the bash took place at Sona’s boutique Uniq at Teynampet.