Businessman Ness Wadia, who has been accused of molestation and abuse by his former girlfriend and Bollywood actress Preity Zinta in a police complaint, today said he was shocked by the allegations and termed them as "false and baseless".
"I am shocked at the complaint and the allegations made against me are totally false and baseless," Wadia said in a statement.
His reaction came after it came to light that the 39-year-old actress, who jointly owns Kings XI Punjab IPL cricket team with Wadia, has filed a police complaint on Thursday night at Marine Drive Police station against him alleging that he molested, abused and threatened her inside Wankhede stadium in south Mumbai on May 30.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria today said that "offence has been registered. We are trying to collect evidence like the statements of those involved and CCTV footage".
Zinta filed the police complaint alleging that she was molested by Wadia (44) inside Wankhede stadium on May 30.
On that day, an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings was played in the stadium.
She gave a written complaint following which an FIR was registered against Wadia under IPC sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), according to police station officials.
The actress and the businessman had broken off their five-year-long relationship a couple of years back.