Actor-model Karan Oberoi, who has been arrested for allegedly raping and blackmailing a woman, was on Tuesday sent to police custody till May 9. During the proceedings in Andheri Court, the actor reportedly broke down into tears during the court proceedings.
It is to be noted that the woman in her FIR said that the actor not only raped her and filmed the act but also demanded money from her threatening to release the video if she did not pay up. According to the woman, the Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi actor was in a relationship with her since 2016 and he raped her on the pretext of marrying her. Importantly, Karan and the woman met in 2016 via a dating app.
An FIR was registered at Oshiwara Police Station in Mumbai under sections 376 (rape) and 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code against Karan Oberoi. Following the FIR, Oshiwara Police arrested the actor on Sunday.
The woman, who is a fashion designer-and-healer, had in October 2018 filed a non-cognisable complaint (NC) against the actor accusing him of using her financially, while Karan too filed a complaint against her for mental harassment ten days prior to her complaint, reports The Time of India.
Previously, in an interview with Bombay Times, she lashed out at Karan and revealed details about their association.
“Karan and I got in touch on a dating app. Initially, he asked me to share basic pictures, followed by nudes, with him guiding me on how they should be taken. We met in October 2016, and got intimate for the first time. We met again four days later and when I told him that I am into healing, he requested me to help him in his career. I started helping him and that’s how I began spending money on him. I replaced his fake gemstones with expensive ones, which cost me around Rs 90,000. He said that he would pay me later, but never did,” she had said Bombay Times.
The woman further said, “In May 2017, he told me that his house had been mortgaged and he didn’t want to lose it. I gave him over a lakh for several months to help him save his house. I would give him money otherwise, too, for his expenses. Just doing up his house cost me around Rs 4 lakh and I also bought him a karaoke console, refrigerator, laptop and a mobile phone. He would ask me to get expensive things for him whenever I travelled abroad for my work. The demands were covert — he would tell me that he has been planning to buy a particular item since long, but hasn’t been able to because of money constraints, knowing that I would buy it for him.”
“We were like a couple. However, he never committed and told me that he didn’t want to be in that space as he had been cheated on in his previous relationships. We would often fight over it, but I would keep returning to him after swearing to end the relationship. I felt bad for pressurising him to commit to me while he was going through the stress of losing his house and facing a financial crunch. He also said that had he been better off financially, he would never have let me go. Besides the fact that he never committed to me, the last nail in the coffin was when someone close to him told me that he was just using me. That’s when I asked Karan to return everything I gave him, but he flatly refused. Right now, my biggest concern is the suggestive pictures and videos that we exchanged. In fact, he wanted to shoot us while having sex, but I declined. I am not sure whether he has deleted them or not, though he tells me he has. But for my sanity, I need to be certain that the pictures have been deleted,” she concluded.
On the other hand, Karan Oberoi had said Bombay Times that there was absolutely no relationship, intimacy or sex between them.
Karan Oberoi started his career with Mahesh Bhatt's TV show Swabhimaan wherein he was cast opposite Rinku Karamakar. He went on to act in Saaya, Dishayen, Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi, Inside Edge among other shows. He also appeared in some advertisements of cars, bikes and apparels.