Swetha Reddy, a Hyderabad-based actress and television anchor, who was nominated for the third season of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss Telugu’, has lodged a complaint with the Banjara police in Hyderabad alleging that the organisers of the reality show asked her for sexual favours in exchange for being selected for the final round.
While speaking to news agency ANI, the Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Banjara Hills division, KS Rao said that the police have lodged a complaint against four members of the reality show at the police station, and further probe is underway based on the complaint lodged by the journalist. The accused persons have been identified as Abhishek, Ravikanth, Raghu and Shyam.
“We received a complaint on July 13 afternoon from a senior journalist and anchor stating that in March, she received a call from ‘Bigg Boss Telugu’ stating that she has been selected for its third season which will begin on July 21,” ACP Rao said.
“She accepted the offer and met four members of the reality show. As per the statement, during the meeting, those four members misbehaved with her and asked her to satisfy their boss for the final selection for the show,” he added.
The TV presenter also alleged of being body shamed by all accused during their meeting. Recalling the ordeal, Swetha said, “They (organisers) didn’t give me any agreement and asked me how I am going to satisfy the boss. They also body shamed me.”
A complaint under IPC section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) has been registered.
The third season of Bigg Boss Telugu will be aired from July 21 on Star Maa channel. It will be hosted by superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna.