Mumbai: Indian Music Director Anu Malik showcases creations of fashion designer Shaina NC at Bombay Times Fashion Week 2018 in Mumbai, on March 30, 2018. (Photo: IANS) Image Credit: IANS

Singer-composer Anu Malik has denied allegations that he sexually harassed singer Shweta Pandit, who has called him a “paedophile” and “sexual predator”.

“The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #MeToo movement but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious,” Malik’s lawyer Zulfiquar Memon said.

Pandit, in a Twitter post, recounted her ordeal with Malik in an incident dating back to 2000. She claims once in a cabin at a studio, he told her he would give her a song with Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan “but first give me a kiss now”.

“He then smiled, what I would recall the most evil grin I’ve seen,” Pandit said of the incident when she was all of 15 years old.

Before Pandit, singer Sona Mohapatra called out Malik.