#MeToo revelation turns friends Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Motwane into foes

New Delhi, News24 Bureau: Filmmaker Vikas Bahl has lashed out at '#MeToo opportunists' and once friends, Anurag Kashyap, and  Vikramaditya Motwane. Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual assault by a former employee of Phantom Films amidst the raging #MeToo campaign. Bahl has labelled his two partners and friends at the film production company -- Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane -- "opportunists" for using the allegations to defame him.So upset is Bahl with all these series of events one after the other that he sent similarly worded legal notices, sent to Kashyap and Motwane on Tuesday via email, Bahl accused them of not only orchestrating the whole campaign against him, but also using the opportunity to disband Phantom Films, making him look like the person responsible for the production house's fall.The notice, issued through Advocate Shamsher Garud of Jayakar and Partners, alleges that Kashyap bribed another employee of the production house to make similar allegations against Bahl."This makes us wonder whether the alleged incident [of sexual assault] also has any authenticity, given that the alleged victim was, in fact, working as your own employee," read the notice.Kashyap and Motwane dissolved Phantom Films on Monday after an unidentified employee of the production company outed Bahl, alleging he sexually assaulted her in Goa during a promotional tour for Bombay Velvet in 2015.Phantom Films was established in 2011 by Kashyap, Motwane, Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena. The company's productions include Lootera, Hasee Toh Phasee and blockbuster Queen starring Kangana Ranaut.The notice alleges that Kashyap and Motwane acted on hearsay to paint Bahl as the villain of the piece."You are neither a witness nor the alleged victim, but instead an opportunist seeking to derive benefit based on unsubstantiated information. The alleged incident has not been established in any court of law and that you have exploited the media to propagate your own personal vendetta," the notice says.