Mumbai police have arrested Bhojpuri director Upendrakumar Verma after an actress filed a complaint against him, alleging that he circulated her obscene clips online.
According to a Times of India report, the police arrested Verma on April 2, for allegedly circulating an unedited bathing scene from a short film, featuring a 28-year-old actress, on social media. The video clip had gone viral on the internet and was reportedly picked up by three porn websites.
Paramjit Singh Dahiya, deputy commissioner of police (Zone IX), has confirmed the arrest. Verma was on the run and had been hiding ever since the case was registered in January.
The actress, in her complaint, stated that instead of removing the clips, the accused demanded her to pay back her make-up cost of Rs 15,000 incurred during the shoot of the short film in June 2017.
"The film was shot in three days at Verma's office in Andheri (West) last year. While a bath scene was being shot, my towel came undone, which Verma shot. He cleared my payment and, while leaving his office, I asked him to delete that particular scene, which he promised he would. A few days later, I learnt from friends and relatives about the unedited bath scene being uploaded on YouTube. It was later picked up by three porn sites," the actress said in a statement.
"The film was shot using Verma's mobile. We have seized his mobile and laptop. He has been in hiding since the case was registered in January. He used to change his mobile number every month which made it difficult to trace him," the report quoted a police official as saying.