On Monday (2nd November), a crew member from the film had filed a complaint against the actor at Gondia police station for molesting her. Raaz was then arrested on Tuesday (3rd November) from a hotel in Gondia, Maharashtra. However, he was granted bail on the same day.
An anonymous crew member told Mid-Day that the incident happened in front of everyone on the set when Raaz yanked the woman’s arm to call her attention. The source said, “She was sitting when Vijay yanked her arm to call for her attention. She lost her temper as this is no way to behave with a female colleague at a workplace. That said, we can vouch that Vijay did not molest her. The director [Amit Masurkar] and the producers immediately stepped in to understand the situation and encouraged her to file an official complaint with the studio, Abundantia Entertainment. On his part, Vijay understood that his action was uncalled for and promptly apologised to her, but she was inconsolable.”
A friend of the complainant revealed to Mid-Day that this was not the first time when Raaz was rude to her. The source said, “Harassment manifests in many forms, and this is also a kind of harassment. Why would a senior actor take the liberty to touch a woman on a set? I don’t know if he meant to behave badly or not, but he eventually did.”
Raaz only has two scenes pending for which he reported to the sets on Wednesday(4th November). Even though the producers are yet to conclude on a punitive action to be taken against the actor, the crew has been advised to wrap up the pending scenes by this weekend.