Shweta Basu Prasad, who was recently released from the rescue home, following her arrest in a prostitution act, has finally opened up and denied the charges made against her.
The actress says that she is planning to take legal action against the reporter or media, who created a false statement and damaged her reputation.
Soon after the arrest of Shweta, a statement attributed to be made by her was released on the media, "I've made wrong choices in my career, and I was out of money. I'd to support my family and some other good causes. All the doors were closed, and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. I was helpless, and with no option left to choose, I got involved in this act."
Shweta, who returned home after staying in the rescue home for months, was shocked to see this statement published in all the newspapers, websites and TV channels.
In an exclusive interview with DNA, Shweta hurled her anger and disappointment over the media for defaming her.
Talking about the statement, Shweta said that it was all cooked up by a person as she was not allowed to speak to anyone, including her mother and father at the moment.
"No I never made that statement. I was in custody. I wasn't allowed to speak to my mother and father, then how would I speak to the media?" DNA quoted the actress as saying.
She says that the film industry has treated her warmly. "Whoever made up that statement damaged my reputation by saying that all doors were closed on me—no such thing has happened and the film industry has always been very warm and welcoming to me—and that people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. These are outrageous lies that I never uttered," added Shweta.
Currently, Shweta is in search of the culprit, who created the false statement. "We're in the process of tracking down the journalist and the newspaper where these fake statements originated. We are taking very strong legal action against them. I need to set this falsification right before I move on," she said.
Meanwhile, Shweta denied the charges of being involved in the flesh trade, stating that she was in Hyderabad to attend an award ceremony. She said that she had missed the flight and was staying in the hotel booked by the organisers of the awards function, when the unfortunate incident took place. "I hadn't been called to Hyderabad by any agent for commercial sex," she added.
The actress says that she is innocent and the investigation will prove it. "I've been told that the agent has been arrested. The case is being investigated. I am a victim in the whole situation. There was a raid... I am not denying the incident. But the facts are not what they've been made out to be," the "Makdee" actress said.