Ali Zafar asked if I would accept his apology, claims Meesha Shafi
I didn't want any of this. Tried to solve this issue quietly, she said.
Pakistani singer and actress Meesha Shafi claimed that Ali Zafar had asked her whether she would accept his apology for sexual harassment before the scandal broke out.
Meesha Shafi appeared on Shahzeb Khanzada’s show on Geo News a day after Ali Zafar had spoken to Shahzad Iqbal on the same channel.
The singer and actress spoke about the issue for the first time on TV. Answering a question, Meesha said that before she tweeted about the allegations, the two spoke through third parties.
Meesha Shafi said that she was supposed to work on a project with Ali Zafar. However, she alleged that he had harassed her twice in the past.
“I had made a promise to myself—that I would never put myself in such a vulnerable position ever again,” she said.
Meesha said that she spoke to Ali Zafar through his representatives before coming out with the allegations.
“I did try every other option to ensure that the issue went away quietly,” she said. “The public will only know about the tweet. They don’t know that I spoke to his people too,” she added.
Meesha said that she and Ali Zafar had to work on a project together. She dreaded that because of her past experience with the singer.
“I spoke to his representatives and told them about the harassment,” she said.
According to Meesha, Ali Zafar’s representatives came back with a reply from the singer.
“He (Ali Zafar) wanted to know if I would accept an apology,” she said. “I told them (Ali Zafar’s representatives) that I hadn’t thought about it but we could work on that,” she added.
Meesha said that Ali Zafar then told his people to tell Meesha to come to his house and speak to her about the issue.
“I told his representatives to step down from the project we were supposed to do,” she said.
Meesha said that she decided to speak out when there was no other option left.
“I did not want to make this entire episode public. I wanted it to go away quietly,” she said.
When asked if she would be ready for a compromise or resolve the issue, Meesha said she had no idea how that would be done.
“I don’t know what he means by solving the issue,” she said. “How will that happen. How does he want to solve it? What does he have in mind?” she added.