Actor Umesh Kamat, who has starred in shows like “Asambhav” and “Eka Lagnachi Teesri Goshta,” has come out with a statement stating that he has been “unnecessarily drawn into the controversy over businessman Raj Kundra.”
He said: “I, Umesh Kamat, an actor by profession, have been unnecessarily drawn into the controversy over businessman Raj Kundra, due to a lack of due diligence on the part of news channels / media platforms.”
“Mr. Raj Kundra and his partner Mr. Umesh Kamat, who coincidentally shares my name, have been charged with allegedly producing and creating p * rnographic content. As this news is reported by various news channels / media platforms , my name and image are being contaminated by the main media platforms / portals as my images / photographs that are available in the public domain are being misused in representing me as the defendant involved in the Raj Kundra Case ”, added Umesh Kamat .
The actor continued: “These acts on part of the news channels / media platforms are completely irresponsible and without any form of basic fact-checking.”
“This irresponsible action of spreading my photographs and associating my name with the Raj Kundra case on various media platforms has caused tremendous humiliation, unwanted speculation and agony for me and my family. These actions have resulted in severe damage to my reputation and amount to defamation. “
Umesh clarified that he has no association with Raj Kundra and that the actor only shares a common name.
“In light of the above and to avoid further damage to my reputation, I wish to clarify that the Umesh Kamat, presumably an associate of Mr. Raj Kundra in the production / creation of pornographic content, is not me.”
“We only have one common name.”
He added: “I, Umesh Kamat, have been in the industry for two decades, with an impeccable reputation built up over all these years and I have no connection to the case of Mr. Raj Kundra at all.”
“Since the news channels / media platforms in question have not followed the basic protocol of conducting a fact-check on the information that is being transmitted and used in their news, I have decided to take appropriate legal action against all responsible entities. ”.
Umesh also appealed to everyone not to use his pictures or his name in connection with the case.
He said: “I also wish to appeal to all members of the media fraternity covering the case of Mr. Raj Kundra, not to use my photos or my name that links me to the person named Umesh Kamat, involved. in the case of Raj Kundra.
“It is my humble request to the media to be responsible and to do a proper verification of the facts before disseminating or publishing any material related to the case of Mr. Raj Kundra, involving the name ‘Umesh Kamat’, failing that I I will be forced to take the necessary legal action against the interested parties as well. “
The actor concluded: “The link with this controversy has made me pay a very high price, just for the coincidence of a shared name with Raj Kundra’s partner and for irresponsible journalism. I hope that no other actor, celebrity or common man has to go through this ordeal again. “
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