Actress files case after bringing the allegations at a media briefing on Sunday
Actress Pori Moni has brought charges of attempted rape and murder against a businessman in a case started with the police in Dhaka.
Businessman and former president of Uttara Club Ltd Nasir U Mahmood and five others have been named in the case filed with the Savar police station, Officer-in Charge (OC) Kazi Mainul Islam told Dhaka Tribune.
The actress filed the case on Monday morning, hours after holding a media briefing at her residence late on Sunday, when she named the businessman as her attacker.
Earlier in the day, she brought the allegations in a Facebook post without naming the suspect.
“A written complaint was filed over the matter with the Rupnagar police station in Dhaka’s Mirpur. But since the incident happened in Savar area, the complaint was transferred to Savar police station and lodged as a case,” OC Mainul said on Monday.
During the media call on Sunday, Pori Moni alleged that Nasir assaulted her at the Dhaka Boat Club in Uttara.
Nasir, who is involved with real estate business, is the entertainment and cultural affairs secretary of the club.
“Nasir U Mahmud, former president of Uttara Club Limited and a businessman named Omi wanted to rape and murder me," the actress told reporters at her residence late on Sunday.
Pori Moni claimed she, along with Omi and a make-up artist named Jimmy went to the club on June 8, when she was introduced to some of Omi’s acquaintances, who were drinking.
"I met Nasir U Mahmud there," she said.
Nasir and the people with him offered her a drink, but she declined, saying that she was feeling unwell.
They tried to force her to drink, she alleged.
One of them forced the neck of a bottle into her mouth and started touching her inappropriately, claimed the actress before adding when she resisted, they beat her up as well.
"They assaulted me and tried to kill me. Omi was also involved in the whole setup," said the actress.
Pori Moni claimed she was able to get out of the club some two and half hours later and went straight to the Banani police station, but the officials there did not lodge her complaint.
However, the OC Noor-e-Azam of Banani police told the media that no one named Pori Moni or Samsunnahar Smriti (the actress’ real name) approached them to file a complaint and start a case.
Pori Moni, who joined the movie industry in 2015, has played the lead female role in over 20 movies.
She is best known for her work in Giasuddin Selim’s “Swapnojaal” (2018). She is also set to play Pritilata in upcoming film, “Pritilata Waddedar” to be helmed by Rashid Palash.
Forbes magazine last year named her as one of 100 Digital Stars of Asia.
Before appearing before the media late on Sunday, the actress took to Facebook seeking justice from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“I was physically assaulted. There was an attempt to rape and murder me. I want justice,” she wrote.
“Where will I seek justice?” she said in the post before adding: “I couldn’t find it in the last four days … Everyone listens to the details and does nothing.”
Our Gazipur Correspondent Raihanul Islam Akand contributed to this report